There are some stories that, besides being inspirational, give you the hope that those with talent will be recognized. Such is the story of Sixto Rodriguez――a Mexican-American folk musician with roots in Michigan. Sixto Diaz Rodriguez owes his name to the fact that he was the sixth sibling in his family of humble immigrants who moved from Mexico to the US in the 1920s. A large number of his songs were centered on the political insensitivity to the poor who lived in the inner cities. His lyrics were all about pervasive injustice, and these were subjects that could easily touch many youngsters in that era. His story is now the subject of a best selling documentary Searching for Sugar Man that has received glowing reviews from all the critics.
Sixto Rodriguez started his musical career in 1967 with the stage name Rod Riguez. At that time, he put out a single called “I’ll Slip Away”. He then went silent for the next 3 years after which he was taken on by Sussex Records and changed his name to Rodriguez. In 1970, he cut two albums――Cold Fact and Coming from Reality. He did not get much of a response and the label soon let go of him and then the company finally shut down in 1975. With his music career sinking low, Rodriguez gave up on it totally and got into the construction business as a laborer. He spent a large part of his time doing demolition work for renovations as well as roofing.