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Searching for Sugar Man

Cast
Sixto Rodriguez, Steve Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore, Dan Dimaggio, Jerome Ferretti, Steve Rowland, Willem Möller, Craig Bartholomew-Strydrom, Ilse Assmann
Released
2012
Malik Bendjelloul
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Blog entry

Record shop owner Steve, referring to folk musician Sixto Rodriguez, ”And then we found out that he had committed suicide. He set himself alight on stage and burned to death in front ot the audience... It wasn’t just a suicide. It was probably the most grotesque suicide in rock history.” (0:01)

Narrator: “So it’s drugs.”
Apartheid archivist Ilsa: “It’s certainly drugs.” (0:24)

Music journalist Craig, referring to Rodriguez, “He reached down and pulled up a gun and pulled the trigger.”
Newspaper headline: ”Superstar Suicides” (0:30)

Sussex Records owner Clarence: “When he came to California he was nervous...”
“If you do, you’re out of your... mind.” (0:38)

Producer Mike: “And he’s telling me information he had that Rodriguez had blown his brains out on stage or set himself on fire and killed himself “
Journalist Craig: “It was a rollercoaster ride... and it was a euphoric moment... Did he blow himself up on stage?” (0:42)

Journalist Rian: “Only idiots would believe it.” (1:02)

Rodriguez’ daughter: “Man, that is just too crazy.” (1:15)

Television host, referring to Rodriguez: “They range from you pouring petrol all over yourself on stage and committing suicide to taking a drug overdose and dying in prison.” (1:16)

Rodriguez' daughter Sandra, “I’m not sure how much of it they believe, because it is a grandiose story.” (1:16)

Bricklayer Jerome: “He took all that torment, all that agony, all that confusion and pain, and he transformed it into something beautiful.” (1:20)

Written and directed by Malik Bendjelloul.