Music Review: Cold Fact

First released in 1970, this album should spark a rediscovery of Detroit native Sixto Diaz Rodriguez.

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.


First released in 1970, this debut by Detroit native Sixto Diaz Rodriguez was ignored in the States, yet became a bootleg hit in South Africa, of all places. The still-engaging curio reflects the melting-pot vibe of late-’60s pop, effortlessly mixing blues, funk, psychedelia, and folk. Rodriguez is a quietly gripping presence who blends social commentary (“I wonder, will this hatred ever end?”) and freaky musings (“The wind was slowly melting”) in a somber voice that suggests a cross between Bob Dylan and José Feliciano. The sleepy “Sugar Man” might be the most seductive ode to a drug dealer ever. Over the last decade, Rodriguez has reemerged from obscurity to perform live in Africa and Europe; this album should spark his overdue rediscovery here at home.

We've never been very good at being conservative.

And usually, that serves us well in doing the ambitious, hard-hitting journalism that you turn to Mother Jones for. But it also means we can't afford to come up short when it comes to scratching together the funds it takes to keep our team firing on all cylinders, and the truth is, we finished our budgeting cycle on June 30 about $100,000 short of our online goal.

This is no time to come up short. It's time to fight like hell, as our namesake would tell us to do, for a democracy where minority rule cannot impose an extreme agenda, where facts matter, and where accountability has a chance at the polls and in the press. If you value our reporting and you can right now, please help us dig out of the $100,000 hole we're starting our new budgeting cycle in with an always-needed and always-appreciated donation today.

payment methods

We've never been very good at being conservative.

And usually, that serves us well in doing the ambitious, hard-hitting journalism that you turn to Mother Jones for. But it also means we can't afford to come up short when it comes to scratching together the funds it takes to keep our team firing on all cylinders, and the truth is, we finished our budgeting cycle on June 30 about $100,000 short of our online goal.

This is no time to come up short. It's time to fight like hell, as our namesake would tell us to do, for a democracy where minority rule cannot impose an extreme agenda, where facts matter, and where accountability has a chance at the polls and in the press. If you value our reporting and you can right now, please help us dig out of the $100,000 hole we're starting our new budgeting cycle in with an always-needed and always-appreciated donation today.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate