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For all those years, he was like Elvis in South Africa, this Detroit demolition worker

• The Oscar-nominated doc "Searching for Sugar Man" tells, like "Hoop Dreams,"a story that is too good to be true, and plays like fiction. The closing revelation that Sixto Rodriguez is still still alive comes with an enormous charge. What must it feel like, to cut two albums that disappear, only to discover that all during those lost years you were a superstar in South Africa? And then to fly there at 70 for concert tours packed with adoring fans?

As the film suggests and subsequent interviews have shown, Sixto Rodriguez has handled this roller coaster life with grace, modesty and singular charm.

Here is my 4-star review of "Searching for Sugar Man. The film had its world premiere at Sundance 2013. Because of its Academy Award nomination, it may be playing at a theater near you. It's available on DVD, and can be streamed via Amazon Instant Video for $3.99.

The segment on "60 Minutes"

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