"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
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
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.