Multcolib Picks: If you like Searching for Sugar Man
Annotation:Sixto Rodriguez had a brief career as a folksinger in the U.S. Unknown to him, he became a pop music icon in South Africa. This is the story of two South Africans who try to find the real 'Sugar Man'.
Annotation:In 1996, music legend Ry Cooder went to Cuba to search for buried treasure. He found gold. Looking for lost songs and forgotten singers, Cooder discovered an exotic land of passion, sensuality and music.
Annotation:Ervin Nyiregyházi (nyeer-edge-hah-zee) was composing at two, giving his first public recital at six, and performing all over Europe by eight. He was soon recognized as one of the most remarkable child prodigies in history. By twenty-five, he had all but disappeared.
Annotation:Harry Nilsson, who the Beatles once proclaimed as their favorite artist. This gripping retrospective traces Nilsson's rise and his turbulent life as seen by many friends.
Annotation:Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven. Inspired by his mother who insisted he make his own way, he found his calling at the keyboard. 'Ray' follows as he overcomes drug addiction while becoming one of the country's most beloved performers.
Annotation:While they influenced mega-groups such as Metallica, Slayer and Antrhax, Anvil faded to obscurity. This documentary joins the band members, now in their 50s, as they launch a last-ditch quest for fame and fortune.
Annotation:Trynin became the spark Major labels vied for her. Billboard put her on the cover. Everyone knew she was the Next Big Thing. But then she wasn't. In a series of dizzying, hilarious, heartbreaking snapshots, Trynin captures what it's like to be catapulted to the edge of rock stardom, only to plummet back down to earth.
Annotation:The documentary uncovers historic and previously unseen footage of the illustrious rock band and provides new insight into the revolutionary impact of its music and legacy.
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Can't wait for Searching for Sugar Man? Here's list of DVDs and books about music, genius, obscurity, rediscovery, and triumph. Not necessarily in that order.