Beware of Mr. Baker

Beware of Mr. Baker

Downloadable Video - 2013
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BEWARE OF MR. BAKER goes home with rock 'n' roll monster Ginger Baker, Cream's legendary scarlet-maned, hell-raising drummer. This no-holds-barred, sad, and hilarious portrait of the man referred to as rock's first great drummer lets him tell his own story, intercut with footage of his continent-hopping life, from London to L.A., Nigeria, Italy, and South Africa. Baker may have broken the mold musically, but his violent, dyspeptic mood swings (fueled by a decades-long heroin addiction) went a long way to making him persona non grata even among the music greats who still revere his work. With Eric Clapton, Johnny Rotten, Charlie Watts, and Lars Ulrich.

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Really almost a perfect documentary. Will make you want to go back and appraise the Ginger Baker discography, particularly the bands that he performed in prior to Cream -- Alexis Korner Blues Incorporated and Graham Bond Organisation. After seeing the film I promptly acquired the GINGER BAKER'S AIR FORCE album (he did two, both in 1970), which was his jam band proto-world music project that he occupied himself with after Clapton pulled the plug on Blind Faith. Then it is on to Lagos and jamming with Fela.

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VcrRocker
Feb 26, 2017

A great story told greatly. Entertaining with chuckles and 'gee I didn't know that" throughout.

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Mitzi352
Aug 01, 2015

Interesting (and surprising) life.

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servosl
Nov 30, 2013

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Free of the hagiographic overtones that dog many documentary profiles, Beware of Mr. Baker presents a clear-eyed, thoroughly gripping look at one of rock's greatest -- and most personally problematic -- musicians.

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