Sixto Rodriguez is one of the most enigmatic singer-songwriters who ever lived. He grew up in Detroit during the birth of Motown, but branched off into folk. The best tracks from his two 1971 albums, COLD FACT & COMING FROM REALITY, create what is for me an ultimate album – that is a flawless selection of ten classic songs, five each vinyl side, arranged in the best order.
I swear down, his tunes are cracking, poetical folk furies but in 1971 tastes were changing & he slipped into obscurity. His music, however, resonated with apartheid South Africa & he became absolutely massive in that country, selling more than Elvis, without even realising, a story beautifully told in the film ‘Searching for Sugarman’ (2012). Despite a second surge of fame, Rodriguez lives a quiet life in Detroit’s historic Woodbridge neighborhood, occasionally popping over to South Africa to top up his bank balance.
Hate Street Dialogue
Inner City Blues
Climb Up on My Music
This Is Not a Song, It’s an Outburst: Or, the Establishment Blues
Crucify Your Mind
Heikki’s Suburbia Bus Tour