I recently watched the award-winning documentary about Rodrigues, aka Sugarman. As he quietly lived his life in Detroit, his music was resonating with a young generation of Afrikaaners. One person writes a CD liner note, wondering about who Rodrigues is. Another person reads it and embarks upon an investigation into who Rodrigues is. He writes a piece, begins an online forum so people can share information. Rodrigues’s daughter reads the piece and writes on the forum. Through this labyrinth of devotees to Rodrigues, he is finally united with his legion of fans in South Africa. The power of Art. Music, nonfiction, the internet.
Rodrigues is an iconoclast, creating a life which is art itself. Working in demolition. Wearing a suit to work. Carrying a refrigerator on his back down a set of stairs. Making music. Taking his children to museums. A good life is the highest art form.