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Hear Songs from Rolling Stone's April 11th Issue

Rodriguez performs in Byron Bay, Australia.
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March 29, 2013 4:37 PM ET

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, we take an inside look at Macklemore's hard road to the biggest hit of the year and look at singer-songwriter Rodriguez's life after Searching for Sugar Man. Hear songs from these artists and more.

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Song Stories

“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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