Rodriguez - The Man

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Rodriguez: the man and his music - by Brian Currin, 1998

"It's not a song it's an outburst" - Rodriguez

Rodriguez is a young Detroit native of Mexican background who grew up in the slums of motor city and managed to escape because of his intelligence and soul. He sees himself as a mouthpiece for the many sided unhappiness of the American system and is tempted by a very live sense of urgency to help the people who can't emerge themselves and to fight the system that gives them no chance. He jokes: "You'll see man, I'm gonna get the Grammy Award and I'll stand up there and I'll say 'Thank you very much everybody for liking my songs but I want to tell you, the children of the inner city are starving!"

Rodriguez first started as a ghetto minstrel, he wrote blues songs about the inner city, wasted lives, junk and hookers. He was born with his talent for melodies and phrasing and became a sponge for all his ideologies and social concerns and poignantly portrayed his anger and disillusionment through his songs.

At this stage he was signed to a small recording company. A couple of standard R&B songs were produced but this agreement folded, due to lack of interest and Rodriguez's distaste for status and economic success.

Rodriguez is not an idealist, he practically attempts to change the system which he believes is grossly unfair to a large proportion of humanity. He has now retired from recording and has graduated as a Social Worker and is working for the Common Council.

Rodriguez has recorded two albums 'Cold Fact' and 'Coming to Reality'. 'Cold Fact' was originally released many years ago and after heavy demand was finally re-released. The twelve songs on the album are lyrical portraits of human suffering and problems. Though brutally real, all of Rodriguez's material contains humour and hope, confidence that the revolution is half way here and like all outbursts it's easier to listen to than live.

Biography from Australian music book for Cold Fact, published in the early 80's. Info supplied by Warren, July 1999.

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