San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
|If we could advise you to do anything this month, it would be for you to watch this surprising and emotive music doc.
It tells the unlikely story of Sixto Rodriguez, a gifted but way-under-the-radar Detroit-based Hispanic singer-songwriter, and, like those other films, it enshrines a deeply moving idea that, in our cynical, superficial world, an authentic spirit will somehow, somewhere find its way to listeners’ hearts.
In the early 1970's, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-livedrecording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumoured there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990's decided to seek out the truth of their hero's fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped, while a Detroit construction labourer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all.
Part of the strangeness of the Rodriguez story is that he was never a star in the first place. Director Malik Bendjelloul treats us to generous slices of his early 70's albums ‘Cold Fact’ and ‘Coming from Reality’. The quality of the material is so striking that it’s hard to believe the records disappeared without trace after their initial US release. By the mid-90's Rodriguez had sold more records in South Africa than Elvis. But fans were starved of information about their idol. The rumour was that he’d shot himself on stage – a genuine rock ’n’ roll suicide!
We’re not going to give anymore away, as the less you know about it, the richer your experience will be.
Doors open at 6pm, with the film starting at 6.30pm
Coming straight from work - grab a bite to eat from the bar, serving up great fresh food including hand made burgers.
Tickets are just £5 and can be purchased at the White Cloth Gallery bar