08/12/2012 12:38 pm ET

Interview: Rodriguez

"...Cold Fact‘s rabid cult following was hardly for novelty’s sake. The album is a true folk-pop masterpiece, full of bright melodies, biting lyrical wit and a surprisingly funky backbone (thanks largely to the presence of Motown vet Dennis Coffey). Echoes of Dylan and Donovan loom large, but Cold Fact deserves as much praise for its singular quality as any album of the era.

eMusic spoke with the extremely gracious and fascinating Rodriguez about everything from his (eight!) unsuccessful political campaigns, the many, surreal overseas trips and the possibility of peace in a modern age."

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