Lost And Found

Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, better known simply as Rodriguez, is the sixth child of immigrant Mexican parents, born in 1942 in hard-scrabble Detroit.  He also happens to be a musical legend.  At least in certain parts of the world – South Africa and Australia, to be exact.

And the man is also the “centerpiece of one of rock’s all-time fascinating stories”, as documented by the Cleveland Scene in conjunction with a recent local concert appearance.

A recent reissue of his amazing debut album, Cold Fact (originally issued in 1970), brought new attention to Rodriguez here in the states.  The lead track, Sugar Man, is simply as good as anything that you will hear from that era. 

 coldfact

And this week’s reissue of his second album, Coming To Reality (issued in 1971), has Rodriguez back in the spotlight.

In celebration of introducing these long-lost classics of “indirect putdowns of straight society and its tensions” to new audiences, Rodriguez is currently touring the states and Europe through the spring and summer and into early fall.

For your own introduction to Rodriguez, check out his appearance last fall at Amoeba Records for a video interview and live in-store performance of four of his songs.

Too Cool To Die also has a great recent print interview, in which Rodriguez provides insight into the inspiration behind his work and his appreciation for new artists like Animal Collective and Paolo Nutini.

Rodriguez

Rodriguez

It’s fun to see this cult legend finally getting his day in the sun.  See, every once in a while you can fight the man and still wind up winning in the end.

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~ by acm213 on May 6, 2009.

One Response to “Lost And Found”

  1. Thankfully some bloggers can still write. Thank you for this writing!!!

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