For audiophiles and vinyl fetishists, fans of psychedelic philoso-folk and '60s-born counter-culturism or, really, even just folks who appreciate a very interesting true story, the name Sixto Diaz Rodriguez is a familiar one. Here in the States, the Detroit-born Rodriguez toiled in anonymity during his short-lived career, leaving music after just two full-length releases — 1970's Cold Fact and 1971's Coming From Reality — under the assumption that his music had made (or would make) little impact on the world. What Rodriguez didn't know, however, was that his records would go on to reach massive audiences in Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and South Africa — his At His Best compilation went platinum in the latter, his protest songs becoming anthems of the struggle against Apartheid. And all the while, the singer lived on in the U.S., unaware of his cult status — and unaware of the rumors that he had killed himself onstage.
Director Malik Bendjelloul recently released Searching for Sugar Man, a documentary about the life, career and impact of Rodriguez. Sugar Man will soon play The Belcourt here in Nashville, and while the listing on The BC's site simply says "coming soon," Belcourt honcho Toby Leonard assures me that it will open on either Aug. 31 or Sept. 7. (A list of dates on the film's site seems to indicate the latter.) We'll be sure to keep you updated on the official premiere date. Hear Rodriguez's excellent tune "I Wonder" after the jump.