Rodriguez's 'Cold Fact' Returns : World Cafe Folksinger "Sixto" Diaz Rodriguez became a success in the '70s after releasing the hit Cold Fact, which was hailed a psychedelic folk masterpiece. Hear two songs from the newly reissued Cold Fact on WXPN's World Cafe, with host David Dye.


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Rodriguez's 'Cold Fact' Returns

Rodriguez in Studio on World Cafe, 9/08/08

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Song List

  • "Sugar Man"
  • "Inner City Blues"

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Folksinger "Sixto" Diaz Rodriguez became a spectacular success across the Atlantic after releasing Cold Fact in 1970. The record was hailed as a psychedelic folk masterpiece, filled with colorful depictions of the Detroit inner city.

The sixth child born to a large Mexican family, Rodriguez began writing songs at 16 before being discovered playing in Detroit-area bars. It wasn't long before he was signed to the then-fledgling Sussex label.

Though little-known in the U.S., Rodriguez became a legend in South Africa, where his songs of poverty, rebellion and love touched home. There, Cold Fact became a symbol of hope and change to thousands suffering from political and religious persecution. In honor of the disc's re-release, Rodriguez recently embarked on a world tour.

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