Searching for Sugarman Documentary

Searching for Sugarman Documentary

This might seem odd because it’s an IMDB link, but this documentary makes a really interesting case for music piracy. Long story short, Rodriguez is a musician whose albums originally flopped in the US, so he thought his career was over. A few people were really impressed with his music though, so they copied the tapes and started spreading it – particularly throughout South Africa. He became massively popular there and didn’t even know it until some fans finally tracked him down. He’d been doing manual labor in Detroit for almost 30 years. Having won an Oscar this year, this is well worth the watch – especially if you’re into good music – but I find it particularly interesting because it’s a great example of a time when illegal music sharing actually saved and made an artist’s career.

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