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Rodriguez

January 2, 2013 - On this special edition of Conversations from the World Cafe, host David Dye chronicles the unique story of Rodriguez. His music didn’t capture the American public when he emerged with two albums in the '70s in Detroit, but across the globe in South Africa, Rodriguez became a household name, up there with Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley.
Rumors that the artist had committed suicide were dispelled 25 years after his debut, when Rodriquez was discovered to be working manual labor, completely unaware of his impact and success half a world away. In this episode, we'll hear from the producers of his records, the people who found him, and the director of a documentary about how it all happened, and from Rodriguez himself.

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