Free associating with Sixto Rodriguez
Long MIA, a rock shaman returns to connect the dots
Published: August 8, 2012
MT: We look at apartheid as an alien thing, but we didn't realize that we had dogs and water cannons trained on our own people here.
Rodriguez: Exactly. The thing is the mirror is pretty shocking to us. But the transparency of history will prove it all out. For all the reasons, they have to save Social Security to get these young bloods stabilized through education, but it's not just education, it's enlightenment. And the reason World War II is an important lesson, is that it happens in the modern state. Modernity. Everywhere is Ground Zero, everywhere is Step 1.
MT: I know everyone asks you this, but are you feeling the urge to put some of this to lyric and music?
Rodriguez: Well, right now we're doing these screenings. We're booked through October. We're going to do a West Coast tour, and doing appearances where we can. Thank you for the opportunity for the interview, Mr. Hall
Rodriguez: Help me get something out. I know I did "Establishment Blues," and I said "This is not a song it's an outburst" and I'd play it, I never did describe it as a rant — R-A-N-T — but the thing is it's exactly that. Sometimes it sounds like that, but there's a lot out there on the everyday man, on the plight of the little guy.
MT: There is still a need for someone to speak for the voiceless.
Rodriguez: Voiceless ... ah, well everybody can speak. Voice is the first instrument.
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