Searching for Sugar Man Reviews
By just hearing Rodriguez's music in this film immediately convinced me that this artist should have been bigger than Bob Dylan. His voice and style seems to be a cross between Bob Dylan and Jose Feliciano, in my opinion. The lyrics and music along with production should have dominated the era it was released. Songs about protest, war, drugs and love were crafted masterfully by Rodriguez in an era that fostered these musical themes.
It is absolutely shocking that this music did not get the attention of promoters and talent agents in its day. Perhaps if he used a non-latino name, he may have fared better. Today, he could have been a superstar, with the large latino population in the U.S. and demand from Latin America for popular American music.
I truly hope he receives the due he deserves in his old age. This film has helped in this regard. Trumping all of his lost opportunity, is a humble, old, hard-working man called Rodriguez, still living in obscure poverty in Detroit.