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Chris Hill (chris.hill(at)
This web site is a revelation.

I was given a copy of Cold fact in '90. I knew nothing about the artist, and was told he was Australian, cut two albums, freaked out with disillusionment shot his wife, two kids, and himself.

Has any one else heard this rumour or knows where it originated from?
Saturday March 27, 1999 at 21:54:11

Stephen Rancic (stephenr(at)
I just got off the CDUNIVERSE web site and it's selling Rodriguez's newest cd.
"Swing like a Metronome". ?????????
Is this really a new album by the great man himself ?
Can anyone enlighten me on whether this is truth, error or should I just buy it and find out for myself ?

Saturday March 27, 1999 at 05:23:45

Brian (vagabond(at)
Yeah, it was a year ago this month that the Sugar Man come to visit - what a tour it was! The magic, the memories, the music...

Climb up on my music, he sang, and we did!
Saturday March 13, 1999 at 19:53:36

MIKE (vbc(at)



Friday March 12, 1999 at 12:46:04

Paul Durham (intersta(at)
My friend Ian asked me to see if I could find the chords for "CAUSE". He has worked most of them out but is stuck. Can anyone help us out?
Thanks Paul Durham
Tuesday March 9, 1999 at 11:35:31

Brian Currin (vagabond(at)
The CDs at and CDNow are the Australian pressings. If you want Cold Fact with a white cover, these are the places.

Looking for the extended version of Sandrevan Lullaby on CD, then get At His Best - the cover is very similar to the SA LP After The Fact.

Long Live Rodriguez
Friday March 5, 1999 at 10:22:47

KOZ (c9106865(at)

One Question: What does 'Walkers in the Paper Rain' mean.
Although if someone told me that in a way would spoil it.
From: A guy in the corner with his chin in his hand, who knows more than he'll ever understand.

Friday March 5, 1999 at 03:19:26

sugar (sugar(at)
CDNow and Amazon are now both carrying the
'Cold Fact' and 'At His Best' CDs. They also
list a CD under his titles called
'Swing Like A Metronome'. But it's an error,
as it's a new album by a band called Rodriguez - no
relation. (Can't see Rodriguez using an album title like that!)

But hey! Seems the US is waking up to the man and
his music.

PS on the song 'It Started Out So Nice', Rodriguez
makes reference to the 'Third Millennium'. I don't
know of any other '60s folkies thinking or writing
about that then!
Tuesday March 2, 1999 at 16:53:00

Brian (vagabond(at)

Maybe, because your e-mail address doesn't work, Tim!! I tried to send you an e-mail and it bounced right back.
Tuesday March 2, 1999 at 12:05:03

TIM SWAN (tswan(at)
Monday March 1, 1999 at 08:03:44

José Rodriguez ()
que viva la revulucion rodriguez!!
besos a todos
Thursday February 18, 1999 at 23:09:47

A.J Jones (soar(at)
Sorry I forgot to put my e-mail adress. If anyone is Interested in my copy of "Rodriguez Alive" please contact me on the attached e-mail.

Thanks fellow Rodriguez lovers,

A.J Jones
Friday February 12, 1999 at 14:20:53

KOZ (c9106865(at)
Absolutely f**kin unbelievable!!!!!
You do not know how long i've been searching
for people that know ANYthing about Rodriguez!
Here in Newcastle(Aust.)was a great fan base
for the man. I think that he actually played at a
little festival here a very long time ago.
I have GOT to see this guy do his stuff live!

Thursday February 11, 1999 at 05:51:40

A.J Jones ()
I have a copy of 'Rodriguez Alive' that I'm interested in selling if the price is right. The album is in excellent condition and has only been played twice! Is anybody interested?
Tuesday February 9, 1999 at 02:51:33

Brian (vagabond(at)
Viva Rodriguez is an Australian Rodriguez tribute band - read more on the Climb Up On My Music Website.

[click on link above and go to "Whats New"]
Monday February 8, 1999 at 21:37:57

Brian (vagabond(at)
Jane S Piddy is correct. I've often wondered if this is'nt meant to be
"Janis Pity" - y'now like pity for Janis Joplin. Rodriguez said "no" when I asked him, but "I wonder..."
Sunday February 7, 1999 at 20:51:08

Tim (TStev10179(at)
Quick question: does anyone know if the title of the song is Jane S. Piddy (most commonly seen) or Jane's Piddy (the one given on the back cover of my copy of the Best Of album)??


Saturday February 6, 1999 at 00:16:16

Pedantic Rod fan ()
Hi Brian, sorry to be picky, but you wrote..
"Tim (see message below) commented on the bass line for I Wonder. I
remember hearing that opening bass-line in Cape Town on the 6th March
1998. The applause which greeted that instantly recognisable
"da-da-da-da-da-dum" was incredible to experience."

That bass line should read:.."da-da-da-da-da-da-dum"
Not so?? Please enter this on your "Forgotten classic bassline das" site..
Wednesday February 3, 1999 at 10:06:49

Brian (vagabond(at)
Tim (see message below) commented on the bass line for I Wonder. I remember
hearing that opening bass-line in Cape Town on the 6th March 1998. The applause which greeted that instantly recognisable "da-da-da-da-da-dum" was incredible to experience.

I Wonder is such a simple song, yet an absolute classic in its lyrics and catchy chorus.

Long live Rodriguez
Monday February 1, 1999 at 13:20:10

Tim Stevens (TStev10179(at)
Hi, everybody. Just thought I'd mention that there's at least one fan here in England (though I first heard Cold Fact in SA in 1984). Has there ever been a better bass-line than the one in I Wonder? My two other favourite tunes are Jane S. Piddy and Cause.
Monday February 1, 1999 at 00:55:51

Brian Currin (vagabond(at)
Here's something from Rodriguez to his fans via Eva, his daughter:

Anyway, please inform fans, friends and web readers that (Rodriguez) is
thankful for the memorable time (in South Africa) and wishes each of them peace in the new year.
-- Eva, 30 January 1999
Sunday January 31, 1999 at 22:39:15

Kellie-Jane (kel(at)
(Kels comments continued here.. please read previous/ below entry first)

.... and have landed myself here.

To hear and see that Rod has recently toured and is undertaking a new album is totally mind blowing for me. This is really not what I had expected to find when I searched him out tonight.....

It's truly great to see so many other fans from all over the world finally have a central discussion and information point. There are many many fans in Australia and in fact my better half works in a music store and he is really impressed by the amount of ppl who come in and purchase Rods Cd's.

Rods music is so incredibly touching, as you will all agree, I am sure that should it happen that he actually considers a tour of Australia he himself will be blown away by the amount of ppl who will jump with joy to attend such an performance.

Okies.. anyone in Australia whowould like to chat about Rod further or would like simply to touch base with a fellow fan .. e-mail me.

To everyone else the world over...and to Rodriguez in his own words....

.."Hello only ends in Goodbye"...


Monday January 25, 1999 at 17:07:12

Kellie-Jane (kel(at)
Well, where do I start, um .. firstly congrats on an excellent web site, secondly thankyou for answering the questions myself and so many of Rods fans have previously asked. Where is he? What happened ? etc etc...

I'm a 26 year old aussie girl who grew up listening to the melodies of Rodriguez... as I grew older and my fathers cassettes died from sheer age and overuse( he had all three) the search for replacements began. After many fruitless searches I landed myself the 2 CD's only available to us here in the land of Oz. I've always been one who plays my Rodriguez Cd's to any of my musically inclined friends who visit and surprisingly I havnt come across any who have said anything less than "This is great... Who is it?"

Anyways, to cut a long story short.. I searched for Rodriguez on the net a year or two ago and found the formerly "Search for Rodriguez" web site. I was stoked about this and relieved to hear that the "Man" himself was still well and kicking around.

Only just this day I had a friend come over and fix my stereo's turntable so that I could listen to the much sought after "Coming from Reality" album which I had just loaned from an "in law" who, by the way, saw Rod on tour here in Australia in '79.

But anyways....sorry for my ramblings but I am simply so excited... I have also obtained for myself today my PC which has been away getting fixed, therefore I've searched yet again for Rodriguez, just out of interest
Monday January 25, 1999 at 16:52:35

Annika Peters (apeters1(at)
For I´m a 24year old `next generation´-
Rodriguez- fan from Germany, where nobody
has even heard about this greatest singer
on planet earth, it´s quite interresting
to read about the different ways people
got in touch with his music. In my case
it happended by accident, that they played
a `cold fact´ tape at my favourite campsite
in Zambia, where I had to do some geological
fieldwork. It took me about two month to
get hold of a CD, which I finally found in
Harare. Now I´m back in cold Germany, and
listening to this music brings back my
memories of the greatest time I ever had
in my life! Thank you, Rodriguez!
Wednesday January 20, 1999 at 01:01:50

Mark Whitelaw (mark.whitelaw(at)
Its been said before and I'm saying it too, I thought
I and very few freinds were the only ones that were still listening to rodriguez.
To my amazement the world is still listening, "sweet mary jane" and keep on listening.
from a teary eyed fan!
Wednesday January 6, 1999 at 13:17:20

Henning H. Johannessen (henninghoff(at)
The firsth time I exerienced Rodriguez was actually in Sharm El Sheik (Egypt). My diving instructor had the Cold facts CD which he would play every time we were dressing up for the dive. I was amazed that I'd never herd about this great musichan before. My problem was to get hold of the record, you see I live in Norway, and no one had ever heard about this gay. Also I play the guitar, and to get the real cord/tabs/lyrics blew my mind.... Great site. Can eanyone mail me the complete "sugarman" mp3(please)???
Sunday January 3, 1999 at 02:06:16

Glenn Cooper (coopergw(at)
Like a lot of others, I was stunned to find this web-site. I always assumed I was the only person in the world listening to Rodriguez. It really is amazing how his name is never mentioned ANYWAY, not books nor magazines or anywhere else. I'm so happy to have discovered that so many others have been touched by this great man's music. He's one of the greatest songwriters on the 70s, in my opinion. And the 70s were a time for great songwriters (Neil Young, James Taylor, Tom Verlaine, Dylan, Joni Mitchell, etc). He's up there with the best of them. By the way, I'm 30 years old and live in Tamworth, Australia. I've been into Rodriguez since a friend at school lent me "Cold Fact" way back in 1983. I have all his albums on vinyl. Thanks for your time.
Saturday January 2, 1999 at 02:21:59

Danny Pinn (DannyPinn(at)
It's great to see there are other people out there who are aware of and appreciate the music of Rodriguez. Not many people I know in Australia have heard of him. I am 22 and was introduced to him through my aunty. I would love to hear from other fans.
Tuesday December 22, 1998 at 14:51:37

Danny Pinn (DannyPinn(at)
It's great to see there are other people out there who are aware of and appreciate the music of Rodriguez. Not many people I know in Australia have heard of him. I am 22 and was introduced to him through my aunty. I would love to hear from other fans.
Tuesday December 22, 1998 at 14:50:19

Danny Pinn (DannyPinn(at)
It's great to see there are other people out there who are aware of and appreciate the music of Rodriguez. Not many people I know in Australia have heard of him. I am 22 and was introduced to him through my aunty. I would love to hear from other fans.
Tuesday December 22, 1998 at 14:45:25

Stephen Bettess (marquee(at)
I was stoked to find your website a couple of months ago, I had searched music related sites NME, Rolling Stone, etc but there was no mention of Rodriguez. I first heard his music around 1977 at surf related parties and was immediately attracted to his music, his angst was appealling to a frustrated 17 year old. But his music was ultimately positive in its outlook of what life could be. I've always treasured my well worn vinyl "Cold Fact" and "best of" records, and recently received a CD version on "Best of" from my sister in law as a birthday present, sounds as good as ever (in fact better than scratched vinyl). Anyway just thought I would let you know that I heard a cover of "only good for conversation" (one of his best songs I think) on Triple J. I think the band was Spetre 8 or something, its on a JJJ compilation just released. Its alady on vocals and its quite good, but nothing on the original. Great website and I hope the ABC or SBS TV networks get to screen the Doco one day, or better yet he tours Australia again, that would be cool. Ciao. Stephen Bettess
Wednesday December 2, 1998 at 05:38:16

vagabond (vagabond(at)
Kris Kristofferson also recorded a song called Sugar Man. Very different to Rodriguez but the lyrics make interesting reading.
Take a look at: ""

There are shadows on the sidewalks
Of the city streets at night
And the alleyways and ugly things
Are hidden from the light.

But the sun's gonna shine tomorrow
On some dirty gargage cans,
And a custom tailored lady-killer
They called Sugar Man
Sunday November 22, 1998 at 07:57:09

vagabond (vagabond(at)
Hate Street Dialogue by Black Eyed Susan - South African Indie melodic grunge-rockers Black Eyed Susan recorded the album "Back Stabbers & Money Grabbers" in January 1998. Included on their album is an uptempo remake of this classic Cold Fact song. Not actually written by Rodriguez, this song of urban decay and loneliness fits perfectly on Black Eyed Susan's album of otherwise original material. A great version on an even greater album. If you like your rock modern-but-retro, grungy-yet-tuneful, this album is for you.

Listen to a 30 second (352k) WAV file at ""


Tuesday November 17, 1998 at 22:19:08

Matthew (kidlet(at)
I was exposed to Rodriguez a few years ago and was really blowen way by his stuff. How ever my lp's were lost and I would really like to know whether it is possible to get Rodriguez on vinal. Love the sight.
Friday November 13, 1998 at 13:50:10

nils b (nilsbaumgartner(at)
My first contact with Rodriguez's music was with his best of album, which my brother borrowed from a friend. That friend was a fool to ever let it go, because Rodriguez produces some of the best music I have eaver heard. There is a simplicity and clarity to the vocals and music, but at the same time a deep complexity to the content that leaves this songs in your head well after leaving the stereo. I recently came across all 3 records at a (at)nd hand sale, and so was more than happy to take them all for a low $12australian. I am surprised the seller didn't up the price when he saw how ecstatic i was to have found these treasures. I came across this site last year, but haven't visited it since, so I was amazed to see that he actually toured SA. I hope he comes to Australia, it would be an unforgettable experience to see Him play songs i know so well. I was also interested to see the existence of a live CD. Is that available in Australia? Anyway, this site is fantastic, so keep up the good work. please please please come to Australia Rodriguez, because you are and will always be the man.
Thursday November 12, 1998 at 09:44:51

Craig (Craig_Foss(at)
I cannot believe I have found this site. I first heard "Cold Fact" about 1980. A friends sister in New Zealand had "Cold Fact" I managed to buy a copy, but moving flats etc it has been lost. But the lyrics have always been floating around in my head. I too have searched high and low for replacement copies without success. Anyway, thanks for running this site, especially the links to on-line sales of Rodriguez material. Thanks
Thursday November 12, 1998 at 08:36:48

Margaret Stables (m-stables(at)
Howe do I obtain a record for my son in the U.K.
Monday November 9, 1998 at 17:19:21

Brian Currin (vagabond(at)
Tonia Selly has directed a wonderful documentary of the South African tour. It is due for broadcast on SABC 3 late in November. Watch this space for details!

I've had the pleasure of previewing this video and it is awesome! Wonderful concert footage, backstage antics, interviews with Craig and Sugar, Rodriguez and his family, the promoters, the fans and the musicians.

A great job and a tribute to a great man.
Sunday November 8, 1998 at 09:14:05

Brian Currin (brian.currin(at)
I agree that "order supermarket justice starts" doesn't make much sense. I like David's interpretation. I have scans of some of the original lyric sheets from Toshio in Japan, but not Sandrevan - I'll ask for his help!


Brian (the trivia freak!)
Tuesday November 3, 1998 at 21:40:30

Brian Currin (brian.currin(at)
I agree that "order supermarket justice starts" doesn't make much sense. I like David's interpretation. I have scans of some of the original lyric sheets from Toshio in Japan, but not Sandrevan - I'll ask for his help!


Brian (the trivia freak!)
Tuesday November 3, 1998 at 21:39:05

david hutchison (parkedge(at)
yesterday i said i wanted to find the chords to 'cause' well well well i sat down half an hour ago and they just came out and like all difficult sounding things it is the easiest of all even the intro just flowed - let me play with them for a week or so and i will send them to you. regards david hutchison.
Tuesday November 3, 1998 at 15:15:40

david hutchison (parkedge(at)
brian i was interested to see that you changed the lyric in the 3rd verse of 'sandrevan lullaby'.
i always thought that the 2nd line of that verse was -(order supermarkets
justice starts) but!--- if you listen
to it closely i'm sure that it is -
(for the supermarket justice starts)
(order supermarkets) doesn't make any sense, my intepretation is this:-
judges with meter maid hearts (judges with friendly and/or forgiving hearts)
for the supermarkets justice starts(supermarkets that have been ripping people off must now start to charge fair prices)
anyway thats the way i interpret it. interested to hear what you think
regards david hutchison

Tuesday November 3, 1998 at 12:11:10

david hutchison (parkedge(at)
after a lot of searching i finally found your website i guess like most people i expected him to be dead. amasing have to be really proud for what youve done. i was hoping to find the chords for 'cause' as i've always found hard to work out. here are the chords to 2 of his songs that you dont have listed. i hope they bring a few people some joy. SANDREVAN LULLABY :- Bb THE GENERALS HATE HOLIDAYS





(D)LET (G)
Monday November 2, 1998 at 13:29:02

david hutchison (parkedge(at)
after a lot of searching i finally found your website i guess like most people i expected him to be dead. amasing have to be really proud for what youve done. i was hoping to find the chords for 'cause' as i've always found hard to work out. here are the chords to 2 of his songs that you dont have listed. i hope they bring a few people some joy. SANDREVAN LULLABY :- Bb THE GENERALS HATE HOLIDAYS
Monday November 2, 1998 at 12:18:20

tracy (tracy(at)
I have absolutely loved the voice and music of Rodriguez, for years now..I am 29 . --- He will always be my number one man !!
Tuesday October 27, 1998 at 14:03:59

Johan (johan(at)
Firstly thank yous to Brian... A superb job well done ! ! I love this site, also the new look.

Konny, I would really like to know what the man has to say about most of the info about him on this site.. He would probably blush after reading it all... (joke)

That is it, for now.

Will post something more interesting soon.

Saturday October 24, 1998 at 09:20:38

Konny ()
Hi, Sugar!! Just got a chance to get into your website. You have done a superb job, and I've printed off a lot of it for Rodriguez to read. Don't be surprised if you see him again in 1999. His aussie fans may see him that year, also. Take care. Konny
Thursday October 22, 1998 at 19:42:04

Bruce (mcleanb(at)
Chasing midi files and guitar chords for the Cold Fact or other albums of Rodriguez. Also a big welcome from Australia to fellow fans of Rodriguez.
Thursday October 22, 1998 at 10:42:51

Brian Currin (brian.currin(at)
I agree with Paul that Rodriguez and Leonard Cohen are similar. In content and style they both cover personal angst and the world as they see it.

The Climb Up On My Music website is currin-tly being revamped ready for its first birthday on the 25th October!

Long live Rodriguez!
Tuesday October 13, 1998 at 15:42:27

Paulbo (p_alexandroff(at)
Up until a week ago, when I happened to type 'Rodriguez' into a search engine, I thought he was dead.
I'm 27 and first heard the music through my father (his belief, passed on to me, was that Rodriguez had died of an O.D.)
Its great to find that he is still alive and that there are some great sites (like this one!) dedicated to him.
For me "Establishment Blues" is THE song.
Just a personal observation : If I had to list my personal favourite musicians I would put Rodriguez & Leonard Cohen as equals.
Why ? Because I think they both covered the same territory but from diffent perpectives - Rodriguez looked outward and Leonard Cohen inward.
Just what I think anyway.
Wednesday September 30, 1998 at 18:48:20

Matt (msteedman(at)

All the best Rodriguez
Friday September 25, 1998 at 12:17:36

Chris (chrisgue(at)
Great Site. Thanks!
Saturday September 19, 1998 at 19:22:47

chris guest (chrisgue(at)
Great Website , when is he coming back to S.A. - we missed his concert!! (bought the album though!)
Saturday September 19, 1998 at 19:03:30

Chris (chrisgue(at)
What a great website!! i bought a copy of "Live Fact" today and found your website address on the cd notes. Growing up in the Eastern Cape we listened to Cold Fact all the time (late 70s), together with Bob Marley, etc. We always believed that Rodriguez committed suicide as his albums never sold! I was amazed to hear that he was to play in South Africa in March. Unfortunately the tour wasnt very well publicised here in East London, so we couldnt get tickets. Is there any chance that he'll be back?

Keep up your excellent work on this site!!
Saturday September 19, 1998 at 18:41:42

Brian Currin (brian.currin(at)
Happy Birthday Rodriguez.
Thank you for letting us "climb up on your music".
All the best for the future.

Friday July 10, 1998 at 21:01:11

sugar (stephen(at)
Today, July 10th, is Rodriguez's 56th
birthday. During the past year he has
toured South Africa twice, toured Sweden,
released his first album in almost 20 years
('Live Fact') and begun work on some new material.

The best part of this all is that Rodriguez now has
a host of new friends, fans and admirers in South Africa
who have all been touched by this warm, humble and talented artist.

So happy birthday Rodriguez, we hope you have a great day and
a wonderful certainly deserve it!!!
Friday July 10, 1998 at 13:54:25

Bridget (ebeling(at)
Just a short note to wish Sixto Happy Birthday for the 10th July. Unfortunately I cannot do so on the day as I won't be anywhere near a computer. I am also looking for a postal address for him as I have some photos I would like to send him from the concert on th 18/6/98 at The Blues Room. Theres a really special one of him and Rueben at the little "after party" we all had. Anyway hope he has the best day ever.
Thursday July 9, 1998 at 12:47:09

Brian Currin (brian.currin(at)
Hey Sugar - cool new look - keep it up
Sunday July 5, 1998 at 20:29:13

Brian (brianc(at)
Rodriguez is the Man - this site is so co-o-o-ol! Keep it up guys.
Thursday July 2, 1998 at 07:40:20

alec (alec(at)
yippee, the new thing works.
thanks to brian for his effort, and we now
archive the really old stuff.
all part of this magical tale that i'm so
damn proud to be part of.
shine on rodriguez, shine on...
Wednesday July 1, 1998 at 13:44:32

David Arthur-Simons (das(at)
Hi, some years ago I was in Australia and heard Cold Fact and loved it. Now I am back in New York and can not find a copy of the CDanywhere. Can anyone help me to get a copy of this CD State side?
Thanks a lot.
Monday June 29, 1998 at 16:30:11

Brian Currin (brian.currin(at)
It's Rodriguez's birthday on the 10th July - how about some messages and wishes to the Man here on the forum.

Visit my website at:
Friday June 26, 1998 at 11:47:20

Jason (jay215(at)
Does anybody have ANY guitar chords
for ANY songs? I'd REALLY appreciate
it if you could email them to me :-)
Rodriguez, you rock!!
Wednesday June 24, 1998 at 22:14:28

BRIDGET (ebeling(at)
Monday June 22, 1998 at 21:52:32

scott ()
I saw this concert and now I have a CD memory of a
wonderful night. Live Fact is fantastic!!!
Wednesday June 17, 1998 at 12:23:24

Brian Currin (brian.currin(at)
Live Fact in the shops in South Africa!
Bought my copy today - read all about it on
Relive the memories and the magic.
Listen to Punt radio in Cape Town on 1332 MW tonight between 7 and 10 to hear Theunis Engelbrecht play tracks from the CD.
Saturday June 13, 1998 at 18:13:08

Mike K (TP(at)
This is great. i originally had the 3 rodriguez albums on vinyl, then lost them in a fire 2 years ago. I managed to replace Cold Fact & Best of but couldnt get Coming from Reality anywhere, now not only can I now get it but there's this web site as well - glad I got on the net.
???? will he tour Australia again. ???

Saturday June 13, 1998 at 15:48:15

sugar (sugar(at)
The story continues....'Live Fact', the album recorded at the second Johannesburg concert,
is ready to be released and will be launched at the Blues Room in the Village Walk in Sandton next
Wednesday and Thursday nights the 17th and 18th June. The new CD is being released by Sony.
Guest of honour at the launch will be Rodriguez himself who will play sets on both nights
accompanied by the same band who supported him on his SA tour. Only Garth Victor will be new to
Rodriguez as he replaces Russell Taylor on keyboards. The band will be flying to Sweden this week
to accompany Rodriguez on his three-date Swedish tour. They will all then fly back to
Johannesburg for the two launch shows.

Details of these performances, as well as the largest, daily updated database of
Rodriguez info can be found at 'Climb Up On My Music',

Tuesday June 9, 1998 at 21:50:21

warren thackeray (oracleseven(at)
Sixto Rodriguez,
I just want you to know that the finest day that I ever had was meeting you backstage on your 2nd show at Bellville Velodrome.My pen had broke and I only realized after I had given it to you.So... you asked me what you had to press so you could write with it.(Do you remember?) Please e-mail me.
Friday June 5, 1998 at 23:50:25

aussie fan (davros(at)
great to know that rodriguez is alive and rocking!
his aussie tour in 79 was an awesome experience.
my vinyl copies of his three recordings are nearing the end of thier listening days.
now I'm enjoying the CD versions - and can't wait for the LIVE album!!! The '79 tour album sounds great, too - would love a copy of it *HINT HINT* :D

So glad to see that this great music lives on and is being apprciated by so many other people.

"I wonder, I wonder, I wonder - I do....." is a new Australian tour in the wind?!?

Sunday May 31, 1998 at 12:17:57

Jason (jay215(at)
I've just been reading through all the above comments and WOW. It's really great to know that there are so many fans out there. I'm only 14 but Rodriguez is just so mellow and laid-back and even 1998 it means something o me. I would really like to get hold of some unreleased stuff (if there is any). Thanks for the great page. I didn't make it to his any of his gigs but hey, next time...
Cheers all
Friday May 29, 1998 at 18:42:01

Gary (bigred(at)
howzit.I live in Cape Town. Two years ago my buddy and I were travelling to Rustler's Valley . As we were passing through the Hex River Valley the moon entered a full eclipse and stayed like that for the duration of 'Cold Fact '. That was life-changing...
Stay free
Monday May 25, 1998 at 20:29:49

Bob Hopkins ()
It's true what Neil Young says: "Yesterday's heroes are today's boring old farts." That's Rodriguez. He couldn't even remember the cords when he played here! Rod. learn to play again before you try again.For now, the dream is definately over1
Tuesday May 19, 1998 at 10:21:03

BEVERLEY (bev7(at)
Monday May 18, 1998 at 20:43:06

Ruth (asolomon(at)
Little did I know that so many people adore Rodriguez!! I thought I was the only one!! I would love to know where I can get the lyrics to "Sugarman" and "I wonder".
Also when and where is Rodriguez touring next? Thanks..Cheers.
Monday May 11, 1998 at 19:03:35

Brian Currin (brian.currin(at)
Live Fact album release date now revised to mid to end May 1998.
I can't wait!
For more info, visit my page at:
Tuesday, May 05, 1998 at 16:17:27 (SAT)

Brian M (brian(at)
The concert in JHB was better than I could have dreamed. What is the latest news from Sixto? Hope this is not the last we hear of him.
Saturday, May 02, 1998 at 01:38:27 (SAT)

Dave Latham (latham(at)
I am looking for the chords or music sheets to all or any of the songs on cold fact. If anyone can help me, I would appreciate it.
PS: I will pay postage and other expences.

Saturday, April 25, 1998 at 10:41:09 (SAT)

Jason & Anne (anniem(at)
" I wonder...", how this unprecedented groundswell of feeling for Sixto's music will enrich us as a society into the new millenium.

Being a fan since 1972, when I heard Cold Fact and Coming From Reality but couldn't get my own copies, like most Aussie fans we taped off the few avaliable records. Since then with the Blue Goose re-releases and CD's, life has been more assured !

We will never forget the atmosphere and power of Rodriguez first Australian performance at Melbourne's Dallas Brooks Hall on 15 March, 1979. (We have the "Alive" record released here and treasure it)

If you can Sixto, write and record for the new millenium, as only you can.

Thanks to all you guys for reviving enthusiasm with your sites. There are heaps of fans in Australia and the website will regenerate and spread the Rodriguez message
Saturday, April 25, 1998 at 07:40:23 (SAT)

zorro (dodo33(at)
Amazing all those rumours about rodriquez
having been dead or committed suicide
and then one day is live in concert!
Excellent stuff!
I am currently making a video-clip
of his song "I wonder" for an international
film festival.

Sunday, April 19, 1998 at 17:47:23 (SAT)

michelle carden (michellec(at)
Timeless music that is passing now to the third generation - our whole department listens to your cd’s while we work...
The words “I lost my job two weeks before christmas” (Cause) - is haunting as this happened to one of our collegues, so everytime it plays we all get a little sad -
as your music lives on every level and in every time...
Rodriguez - thanks for the best concert I’ve ever gone to...(It was worth the wait!! - such a pity my dad could'nt have been there)
I know you won’t remember me due to all the people you met - but frankly I couldn’t care less - but thanks for the sweetest kiss I ever got and the one I never tasted....

Thursday, April 09, 1998 at 09:21:38 (SAT)

Brett Harris (hideaway(at)
Been there done that !!
To Rodriguez, Sugarman, you guys finished another cycle of my life.
I was there almost from start. Steven a special thanks to you for leading me to one of the best nights of my life. It was great to finally meet you!
To Eva I was amazed that you could remember me, but I'm curious was it the "Aztech" part of my old e-mail adress that made you remember me?
Mr Rodriguez, I hope you get to read this. It was a greatest event of my life to be able to meet you. I treasure my memories, my cd's and photo's are priceless to me ! Being able to see you alive and kicking meant the world to me, my wife. Tanya was touched when you took great interest in our soon to arrive first child (Who, I might add jams to your words daily)
finally your words have had a great influence on my life, and have often occupied my thoughts, I hope to hear more of the very best of Rodriguez !
Alive and kicking

P.S. Steven I'll see you soon !
Sunday, April 05, 1998 at 16:59:58 (SAT)

Brian Currin (brian.currin(at)
Sony Music SA announce Live Fact an album recorded live a the second Jo'burg show.
Release planned for end of April!

Thanks to Rui de Sousa of Sony for this advance information.
Friday, April 03, 1998 at 11:22:54 (SAT)

Yoni Sapir (ysapir(at)
Hey People ....
for those of you who I did not e-mail ....
I am Yoni Sapir from Toronto, Canada.
After being a part of a few mailing lists and tributes compilations ..
I decided that nothing would be more fun or more honorable than to pay homage to Cold Fact through a medium we all love.
That is right! I am trying to organize a tribute compilation by anyone that has the ability to record, draw or write.
you dont have to be talented with a multi-million dollar contract to participate.
I will accept you playing a kazoo on an answering machine as long as it has some context to Cold Fact .
Break out those dusty guitars ... those 4 tracks and those kazoos and get to work!
Also .. we will need cover art and art for the liner notes so those of you fans who dont want to submit music may submit art .
Or even poetry . Also , i would like to see some people writing down their personal stories about the myth of Cold Fact (i.e. "I heard he commited suicide on stage
while running nude in miami " etc etc)
So please contact me if you want to be a part of this great tribute and keep in mind that i live only a 5 hour drive away from the man himself
and I will be handing it to him personally on a platter of "Concrete Cold Fact"
So get to work and please contact me personally to tell me that you are interested in doing something , even if it is only helping with burning cd's and dubbing cassettes etc.
even if you might not do anything .
I need to hear what the people want and the people are you!

get to work!

Yoni Sapir
Thursday, April 02, 1998 at 07:40:19 (SAT)

Brian Currin (brian.currin(at)
That USA Today article that Sugar speaks about, will be up on my site by this evening - I type very slowly and all I've got is a photostat to work from courtesy of Sugar. I've also added a "white" album version of the cover of Cold Fact, thanks to Ray Taylor from Oz.
Visit the Climb Up On My Music site at ""
PS the Spice Girls report on my site is an April Fool's joke!!!
Monday, March 30, 1998 at 14:56:18 (SAT)

Sugar (sugar(at)
So, Rodriguez's tour of South Africa is over. Less than a year ago the possibility of this happening
was so unthinkable that there were actually people in SA who didn't go to the shows believing it was
a hype!

The tour was a wonderful success from every aspect and the Cult of Rodriguez keeps growing. The word
has gone around the world about this event and requests for tours have been received from Toronto,
Augusta, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. We are also honoured to have a message on this web-board
from Rodriguez himself who,I believe, is getting cyberactive to monitor his two websites.

In the March 26th edition of USA Today, the global US newspaper, there is an article by Ellis Cose
who is a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine. It is an article titled "Singer embodies
So. Africa's hopes" and is, to my knowledge, the first article about Rodriguez to appear in
any American publication.

There is talk of a video documentary that was shot during the tour, the possibility of a
release of a live CD from the tour and the added possibilty of a new album by Rodriguez.
Please watch this space for further news.

I was also one of a number of people who were interviewed for an article to appear in the
Wall Street Journal during the next few days, also about Rodriguez and his SA tour. Seems
America is waking up to the existence of this unknown star in their midst. About time too!
I guess we have to thank the American pres. Bill Clinton for this as due to his visit here,
there were a number of journalists hanging around SA and
while they were here, the whole Rodriguez tour phenomenon happened and caught their attention.

I firmly believe that we are seeing the beginning of Rodriguez's world-wide revival.
It is a fact that George Bernard Shaw's plays were only produced for the first time
when he was 94 years old. Rodriguez is far younger than that and is in great shape
both physically and mentally.
The timelessness of his songs and music, as evidenced by the SA concerts and the
number of messages on this web-board, is a clear indication that the new Rodriguez
era has just begun. Couldn't happen to a cooler person.

We South Africans thank Rodriguez for his time, his music, his grace, friendship
and generosity and most of all...
for bringing back all those colours to our dreams!!

Monday, March 30, 1998 at 11:19:41 (SAT)

george (ms(at)
just by chance i thought i would try to
see if there was any rodriguez on the net
i am shocked.....i thought i was the only one
still listening. i will soon have to purchase
after the fact. i have worn my vinyl out. i also have
an australian live lp which no one seems
to have mentioned. i thought i had an
interview that was done on the australian tour but i
dont seem t o be able to locate it.
Saturday, March 28, 1998 at 14:18:54 (SAT)

Eugene du Toit (eugene(at)
Please tell me where I can find the song words for the songs on "Cold Fact"!

Friday, March 27, 1998 at 17:17:25 (SAT)

Darren Wood (darren(at)

I attended the Durban gig. It was amazing! I am 17 and was introduced to Rodriguez by the Brother. Rodriguez' music has changed the way I look at music, life and poetry (he is a poet!)

I am a guitarest and I am looking for the cords for 'A MOST DISGUSTING SONG'. If anyone has the cords for this or knows where to get them, then please contact me.

Thank-you for an excellent webpage!

Thursday, March 26, 1998 at 22:57:06 (SAT)

Ron Munn (munn.ron(at)
I'm not sure who Rodriguez is, therefore my comments would not hold much water even if I gave them. I do know however that South Africa is a wonderful place, having lived there for three years in the early 60's......and what a change from today. I'm not sure South Africa will ever be the same....and I'm not sure if this is good or bad?? Only time will tell. Good luck to Rodriguez and his message through music whatever it might be. He sounds like a peaceful man on the right track. Take care, Rodriguez.
Thursday, March 26, 1998 at 00:25:48 (SAT)

Micci (mdc(at)
I had this really wild idea..Why not
start a fan club for the man? So, I got
off my bum, mailed Eva, Brain and Steven
"Sugar" Segerman and they all liked the idea.
So, if you would like to join (it's free by the way)
mail me... suggestions, comments, info,
questions are welcome.

Let's keep the music alive!
Wednesday, March 25, 1998 at 12:25:39 (SAT)

James Dyer (jdyer(at)
I'm a young Aussie student and just love Rodriguez' music. It has been very hard
to find information on this legend until now, as I too was told Rodriguez was dead.
Jesus you must come out and concert in Oz to educate my generation with your pertinent
and soulful lyrics. After all you have predicted that this systems gonna fall soon, to
angry young tune.
Tuesday, March 24, 1998 at 01:56:27 (SAT)

Rodriguez ()
Mon March 23,1998 3:12 pm

Dear friends,

I reviewed your comments, impression and responses. This is my first message on the "net". We are at Wayne State University Library , Detroit, Michigan.
I have been in Detroit fro about a week.
The RSA(Republic Of South Africa) was an extraordinary event for me.

Thank you for your thoughts, kindness and energy.
I will stay posted and will respond further as soon as I get my equilibrium back.

Monday, March 23, 1998 at 22:19:05 (SAT)

Leon Perlman (perlman(at)
Truly sublime concert in Cape Town. Many there were not even born when he was at his musical peak. Shows how enduring his music Bach (?)...
Sunday, March 22, 1998 at 13:07:03 (SAT)

Rob Morris (drbob(at)
We poor souls in the uk are starved of this lyrical genius. I spent 2 years in South Africa and was introduced to Cold Fact by a friend.
I just can't get hold of any other albums in the uk - unless YOU know different. I'd be grateful if anyone can point me in the direction of
a source anywhere.
Thanks in anticipation
Rob Morris
Saturday, March 21, 1998 at 19:56:45 (SAT)

Brian Currin (brian.currin(at)
Can anybody confirm the set lists for the Joburg, Carousel and Durban concerts?
Was "Sandrevan Lullaby / Lifestyles" (..the generals hate holidays..) played at any of the shows? I saw the band rehearsing it, but it wasn'nt played in Cape Town.
Also anybody want to send me a review to publish on the Climb Up On My Music site? Reviews from any concert or even album reviews (never too late to review a classic!)
Visit my site at
Thursday, March 19, 1998 at 21:24:47 (SAT)

patrick (patrick(at)
Very interesting, didn't know americans had ever heard of him. i noted with interest that you stressed you were an "american living in california". are they really that strange, californians that is? as for the man himself, have seen his concert the other day friday the 13th march, i kid you not, know what you yanks are like with that superstition stuff. to say he was unappreciated is a gross understatement. i think his music and especially his lyrics are timeless, the impression he made on a white pimply faced teenager living during the height of the apardheid era was powerfull. bear in mind the apardheid era wasn't just about oppressing blacks although certainly the bulk, it was also about brain washing the rest of the "privileged" into not questioning authority, doing your duty and serving your country not unlike "Nam" for you guys, in our case it was NAMibia, any way want bore you any more thought id just say howzit
Patrick Kenny
this message was ment to be sent to owensbox(at)
but it wouldnt go through maybe someone can help
i feel like a moron sitting here with a 64k diginet line and i cant send this to some one
Tuesday, March 17, 1998 at 21:47:35 (SAT)

Robert (raylward(at)
Went to the concert in Cape Town
Great stuff!!! Hope to see a new album soon. Where can I buy a Rodriguez t-shirt?
Tuesday, March 17, 1998 at 21:15:53 (SAT)

Bruce Hopkins (lbhopkins(at)
Went to see him at the village green on Friday - 13th March - Durban. It took me a long time to accept the fact that he was there playing live after believing for so long the rumours of him being dead. I am desperately looking for sheet music of any of his songs. Thanx in advance
Monday, March 16, 1998 at 18:35:06 (SAT)

Ray (rdtaylor(at)
I don't believe it...I have been searching the Web and music shops, etc for years to try to find the sheet music for the "Cold Fact" album. Not only could I not find the music but nobody seemed to even know who he was. Now, on the off chance, I did another search and found this site!

I have just ordered the "After the Fact" CD from Sth Africa (I didn't even know it existed). Now the big question...

Does anybody know where I can get the song books/sheet music? Even second hand would be fine.

ps. If you read these Sixto, an Australian concert would be mindblowing.
Monday, March 16, 1998 at 08:10:31 (SAT)

JP Frankowski (Weldon(at)
Growing up in Swaziland, experiencing
all the magic Africa has offer, there
are not many things that can tell the
whole story of what it's like to live
there. Now that I live in America,
people can't understand what I lost
when I left, and they can't understand
the life style. That's when I put
"Cold Fact" on, sit back, reflect, and
let Jesus tell the story. live forever.
Sunday, March 15, 1998 at 07:02:39 (SAT)

Justin Frank (justin(at)
The Rodriguez Concert was undoubtably the greatest I have ever attended. Only a great person could be so humble; reading his sheets and squinting and touching the audience.
.and don't try to enchant me with your manner of dress 'cos a monkey in silk is a monkey no less.
Saturday, March 14, 1998 at 22:53:44 (SAT)

Ted Haller (tedh(at)
Went to the Saturday concert in Cape
Town. All I can say is : Brilliant!
One of the greatest moments in my life.
What a man! What an experience!
Eva, Sixto, I'd be honoured if you'd
drop me some mail.
Saturday, March 14, 1998 at 08:52:46 (SAT)

Sonny (connog(at)
Wow! What a mind blowing concert! To see the man himself singing lyrics which have been so entrenched in my soul was a near-religous experience. And what a nice guy! Really peacefull and gentle, just how I had imagined him. The only other person who has inspired such a feeling of peace and greatness in me has been the Dalai Llama.

Rodriguez Rulz! May he live forever!
Thursday, March 12, 1998 at 13:02:46 (SAT)

Michelle (mdc(at)
What a boykie, I have never been more
impressed by anybody in my entire life!
Thank you so much. This was a truly
insperational experience, one which I will
treasure for the rest of my life. He is
a brilliant poet and has been an anchor
in my life when I needed to see that there
were worse problems than mine. If it wasn't
for his music, I would have comitted suicide
a long time ago.
Thank you Sixto!
Thursday, March 12, 1998 at 09:38:51 (SAT)

Daniel (Intermodal(at)
I was at the Carousel concert last night.


Thanks so much for getting an idol here.
See what you can do about Bob Marley.
Thursday, March 12, 1998 at 08:26:00 (SAT)

Yoni Sapir (ysapir(at)
I am sooooo jealous of you guys in SA that can just drive down to this great
I am excited for you and I would like to ask all that are interested if they would like to submit show reviews
for my Rodriguez Tribute site .
For those that dont know my site is:
you can find my tribute there .....
I know that it isnt updated ... but I wrote it before Sugar found the man and the real story behind
So review away!!

Thursday, March 12, 1998 at 03:33:44 (SAT)

Andre Bakkes (andrebak(at)
Went to see was blown away. What a great concert I came away feeling very good. What a great humble man he seems to be" great treatment to The song Climb up on my Music it realy rocked.
I am very glad I could experience it. It was better than what I expected GREAT
Wednesday, March 11, 1998 at 19:44:49 (SAT)

lydia (lsteffens6(at)
Went to see Mr Rodriguez live, on stage, in SA tonight - what an utterly amazing experience.
I can now die a happy woman.
Wednesday, March 11, 1998 at 04:25:40 (SAT)

Erik Gevers (g98g5290(at)
Many people ask why Rodriguez is specifically popular in South Africa.
I think it is because his music concentrates on existential issues which are more acceptable in an environment such as we find in this country.
I played Cold Fact to a few people in England, and they generally disregarded it as depressing and whiny.
The issues raised in his music are more accessible to people who live in a cross-cultural, polarized society where it is much easier to become pissed off.
Tuesday, March 10, 1998 at 19:00:41 (SAT)

Marcelle Kockott (trains(at)
Rodriguez's soul has grasped mine. I can not explain it any other way. He has a spirit which clothes the soul with humility and wisdom once he has embraced you with his mystery. If I could only spend my life listening to his hard earned wisdom, I would die a blissfully happpy person. I feel as if he is a soul mate, in fact, a guide for many...for all who are concerned!!
He has travelled many a winding road to have the wisdom surrounding his seemingly timeless lyrics.Rodregues, a man who no one knows, and yet in the heart of all who hear his mind.

Tuesday, March 10, 1998 at 14:08:48 (SAT)

Harry Casual (uriari(at)
Last night's concert (9 March) was nothing short of incredible, fantastic, magical, religious and GREAT.
I can't wait for Bob Marley.
Tuesday, March 10, 1998 at 13:38:17 (SAT)

Shauna "Chipper" (sper(at)
"....won't you bring back all the color to my dreams".
Say no more! At least I can say the dream never ended, but at least now the dream has become a reality.
What is reality? Dreaming is reality."Say it everyday".
Sugarman your words are the answers to all my questions....Thank You......Ciao
Tuesday, March 10, 1998 at 09:16:40 (SAT)

owen (granite(at)
Durban is going to rock this weekend. Sugar Man, Hurry up!
We'll see you there.
Tuesday, March 10, 1998 at 00:03:28 (SAT)

WOW!freaking amazing!i was at the concert on saturday in Bellville,and what a rave.being a coloured south african,i was amazed thet there were so few "other"coloureds that enjoy his music.when he came onto stage,i couldnt help myself,i cried and cried.never in my whole life did i ever think that i would get an opportunity to see the greatest man alive sing live.i have been a follower of his music since school,and an old boyfriend introduced me to the music
i had the time of my life in the front row,screaming and shouting like a maniac.the best was when he came down to greet everyone.he shook my hand and i wouldnt let it go.that man is a legend
the best was when he left the stage for an encore,,,i kept on screaming sing"FORGET IT"....and he did!!!!like it was meant just for me..

Monday, March 09, 1998 at 19:44:24 (SAT)

STELIOS (stelios(at)
Whilst the Man was in Cape Town last week he was on the local talk radio and listeners like myself had the opportunity to ask him questions, for years the title Hate street dialogue has been bothering me, when I listened to the song I gathered the lyrics were referring to the famous hippie street in San Francisco Haight/Asbury , however the title on the album is spelt "Hate".
Rodriguez said that although the lyrics of that particular song were not written by himself they did refer to the Haight and not to the opposite of love.
Take it easy.
Monday, March 09, 1998 at 19:41:26 (SAT)

gina ()
Saw the concert in Cape Town last night - it was amazing. Better still - went backstage and met the man. Wow - what a humble genuine guy. Thanx Craig for arranging the personal contact.
'Stay Real ! '
Sunday, March 08, 1998 at 21:04:54 (SAT)

Stephen Sacks (ssacks(at)
Well Done! I am so happy that Rodriguez has finally found his audience.

Which makes me wonder - How could he have been unaware of his incredibly loyal, multigenerational multigenerational following?

What have Teal Trutone & Polygram SA been doing with his royalty checks for all these years? It seems incomprehensible that Rodriguez might have been aware of the many hundreds of thousands of copies of Cold Fact sold over the past twenty years, and not attempted to make contact with his fan base.

I only hope this is not not another classic case of South African companies brazenly ignoring international copyright, intellectual property ownership and trademark laws.

Thanks for solving the 'mystery' of Roidriguez

enjoy the shows - maybe this time the popularity will spread and I'll be able to catch a future U.S. date..

Sunday, March 08, 1998 at 00:15:54 (SAT)

Mike Du Toit (scolman(at)
It's a dream come true. We went to the Fri. gig, what a knockout. Thanks to all concerned for the effort, you've done music a great service here. I play bass in a small trio and the other evening some young Cape Tech students actually requested us to do some Rodriguez music, which really surprised us "oldies". We shocked by playing a few of his songs and then told them about the concert. The reaction had to be seen to be able to explain their shock at the man's existance, let alone being here in the flesh.
Big Sky, you guys were just great and you did the man's music serious justice.
Peace to all
Saturday, March 07, 1998 at 16:15:37 (SAT)

evan milton (evan(at)
the concert was an excellent experience.
thanks to sugar for initiating the search that resulted in bringing rodriguez to all his south african fans. has a short review of the Friday, 6 March gig.

Saturday, March 07, 1998 at 13:09:02 (SAT)

Brian Currin (brian.currin(at)
Rodriguez is alive and well and brilliant! Cape Town rocked last night with the Sugar Man. What a show and what a welcome! Thank you Craig and Sugar - it's all been worth it!
Saturday, March 07, 1998 at 07:09:49 (SAT)

Scott Mckenzie (961103361(at)
Amazing!!! I can't believe that the great
Jesus Rodrigeuz is coming to SA. I seriously
had no idea that there was such a cult following
in this country. STOKED.
The dates for the Durban concert are 11 and 12March
I think it will be held at the Village Green.
Thanks for your time, and I'll thank you with mine.
Thursday, March 05, 1998 at 09:14:10 (SAT)

Stephen Gallagher (SM.Gallagher(at)
I am so glad to have finally been able to track this man down.I live in Ireland and sometimes think I'm the only bloke in the Northern Hemisphere to have heard of Rodriguez. The only album I have is "Cold Fact" from Australia. Any advice on getting his other stuff. Thanks for your time.Steve.

Wednesday, March 04, 1998 at 14:33:06 (SAT)

Brian Currin (brian.currin(at)
Well Sugar we met the Man! I can't even say it's a dream come true, because you don't dream about meeting somebody you think is dead! But what a cool guy - can't wait for the concerts.
He really is alive - I saw him and I spoke to him - now go and listen to him!
Tuesday, March 03, 1998 at 22:02:35 (SAT)

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