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Rodriguez: "I'm going to run for mayor!"

Rodriguez: "I'm going to run for mayor!"

Rodriguez reflects on his unexpected musical comeback and his political ambitions in the new issue of Uncut (dated July 2013 and out now).

The Detroit singer-songwriter also discusses his new album, which he says is going to have to be “real good” to meet expectation.

Rodriguez even reveals that he’s planning to run for mayor of Detroit, explaining: “I describe myself as a musical political. I’m born and bred out of Detroit. Detroit is an interesting place… I’m going to get back there for the Doctorate [that he’s being awarded] and I’m going to file to run for mayor.

“To run for mayor, you need a minimum of 515 signatures of valid voters, up to 1,000, they won’t accept any more than that. So I’m going to file and see what happens. I’m petitioning now through other people, so when I get back there for those few days, I’m going to file for office and see what happens.”

Rodriguez, who originally released two albums in the early '70s, is the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary Searching For Sugar Man.

The new issue of Uncut, which features Bruce Springsteen on the cover, is out now.

Visit our new, dedicated features section, with plenty of our best long pieces archived there. You can find it here.

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