The Story Behind Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man is an extremely interesting Oscar-winning documentary. It tells the incredible story of a Mexican songwriter who released two albums in America that completely bombed. However, he soon gained a large audience in Apartheid-era South Africa. Sixto Rodriguez had no idea that he even had a fan base, let alone that he was considered a legend among them.


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Rodriguez wasn’t living like a celebrity. He was working labor-intensive jobs and was unaware that his album was selling hundreds of thousands of copies. Unfortunately, he didn’t receive any royalties and was unaware of his fame until decades later. Rodriguez finally found out when a group of his followers looked for him online and brought him and his band to their country to perform. While Searching for Sugar Man is a great documentary, it made people wonder about his life. Here is the story of Sixto Rodriguez and some facts you may not have known about him.