“Searching for Sugar Man” is the unbelievable story of Sixto Rodriguez, a Detroit singer-songwriter who was once projected to be bigger than the Beatles. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, it’s because Rodriguez was a massive flop — in the States.
Through some twist of fate, however, his music found its way to South Africa, where it became the soundtrack of a generation in South Africa. There, he was simply a mysterious man whose songs were as widely recognized as those of the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.
The film, which was met with a particularly warm reception at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, tracks Rodriguez’ twin lives: an unknowable rock god abroad, an impoverished construction worker at home. It’s a remarkable movie, because it inspires an overwhelming and unique sense of hope. And now, Legacy Recordings (Sony) is releasing the film’s original soundtrack.
Featuring 14 tracks, including favorites like “Sugar Man” and “I Wonder,” the music will be released July 24. A vinyl will also be distributed by Light in the Attic Records. The film itself will open in New York and Los Angeles on July 27, with an expanded release in August.
Take an exclusive listen to the soundtrack below. For more on the film, check out HuffPost Entertainment’s review and interview with director Malik Bendjelloul.
Hear the music and get the full article on HuffingtonPost.com