On the topic of Rodriguez, the film "Searching for Sugarman" won the Oscar for best documentary.
I also recommend this video of Rodriguez performing on the Late Show last August, backed by the CBS Orchestra and a string section!
As an aside, I used to be a roady for "The Human League" back in the late 1970s (I was at University on the student's "Joe Cool Roadshow" disco crew and we used to hire ourselves out to provide the kit for local groups...)
Just watched it - really good story! I'll try and get the DVD. Not sure why my "crowd" in those days called him Johnny Rodriguez but we did - even though its wrong. He seems like a really good person, as are his kids.
Incidentally, if you want to see a really good music documentary look for "Searching for Sugarman", about a guy (Rodriguez) who is a superstar in South Africa, but a manual labourer in Detroit. Truth is stranger than fiction. Besides on circuit, I think I saw it on Apple TV, and I am told that it has also been uploaded to youtube.
Lucky Sod! The nearest we got to it in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) was reading New Musical Express and seeing the gigs advertised. We used to dream about seeing the Who, the Stones et al. A friend of mine from those days went to see The Who in Brisbane a year or two ago and ended up with permanent tinnitus.... Which leads me to think I'm probably past concerts now. AND they're horrendously expensive...
I was wiring up a shop once (used to be a sparky amongst other things) and the Project Manager guy had a computer and one (and only one) CD - Simply Red. This he played incessantly, and it was interspersed with noises from his (night time scenes) screen saver - owls hooting and the like. These days, whenever I hear those Simply Red songs, I always wonder where the owls are....