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Rodriguez Special this Friday night 7-8pm

Rodriguez flashed brightly but quickly across our screens in the late 60’s and early 70’s and then seemed to disappear without a trace. A Mexican-American folk musician, most of his songs took a political stance on the cruelties facing the poor. After failing to make an impact in North America, he gave up his career as a musician. However, by the mid-’70s, his albums were starting to gain airplay in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. An Australian record label, Blue Goose Music, had bought the rights to his back catalogue in the mid-’70s. The label released his two studio albums plus a compilation album. Little did Rodriguez himself  know that it went platinum in South Africa, where he had achieved cult status. With new interest in him Rodriguez toured Australia in 1979. Two shows from the tour were later released on the album “Alive”, released only in Australia, the title being a play on the rumours caused by his public obscurity that he had died by suicide years before. In the 1990s, a couple of determined South African fans managed to seek out and contact him, leading to a career revival. The story of their hunt has now been released as a movie “Searching for Sugar Man”, which has helped give Rodriguez the recognition he deserves. Join us this Friday from 7-8pm for a 1 hour special on the artist that is Rodriguez.

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