Searching for Sugar Man: The Musical Mystery of Rodriguez
As for Rodriguez, he seems to be quietly enjoying his newly celebrated fame with performances to enthusiastic audiences. Recently, he appeared at the prestigious New York Times Center in New York City for a special screening, discussion and performance, in collaboration with the Sundance Institute and joined on stage by the film's director Bendejelloul. Received by a standing ovation from a crowd clearly moved by the film, Rodriguez exudes a Zen vibe and discusses the philosophy degree that took him ten years to complete. He doesn't seem to harbor any ill will about the royalties that were paid but never made their way to him. In fact, he has given away much of the money he has made since being brought back into the spotlight to family and friends, opting to keep his very basic, simple lifestyle. Fame has obviously not changed him and the joy on his face when he performs "Like Janis" is evident. He explains that the song was about a girl he knew named Janis, whose kisses "tasted like tobacco, which isn't always a bad thing." He seemed to blush at the memory, a gentleman from an era gone by.