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Beware of Mr. Baker

Ginger Baker , Jay Bulger , Jay Bulger  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ginger Baker, Jay Bulger
  • Directors: Jay Bulger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2013
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,805 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beware of Mr. Baker" on IMDb

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This documentary about Ginger Baker, drummer for Cream and Blind Faith, includes interviews with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Carlos Santana and more. Beware of Mr. Baker! With every smash of the drum is a man smashing through life, and smashing the filmmaker's nose on the last day of filming.

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing film. March 2, 2013
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I loved this documentary. Ginger Baker is both a crazy genius and a train wreck. Nevertheless, this film humanizes the Cream drummer, warts and all. You end up both loving and hating him, yet you can't look away. His musical genius is readily apparent. What is unique is that the filmmaker got as close to him as anyone could. The interviews with Baker and his family and friends are wonderful. The editing of the film is superb. Great use of animation in moving the story forward plus tons of archival footage and great music. If you're a music fan of a certain age, don't miss this film!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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This documentary does not hold back; you get to see the man himself just the way he is and was (I met him once myself and would prefer not to repeat that experience). By far the most influential drummer in Rock of all time, even though he is not a "rock" drummer. His Jazz credentials alone are stellar and equal to the best of his generation, and when you mix that with his astounding intuitive understanding of African rhythms, he has no peers.
Wonderful interviews with Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton and others.
Only wish they showed him playing more full pieces on his drums.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Rockers Ruled the World March 4, 2013
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Heard about this documentary months ago and couldn't wait to see it; I was not disappointed. Excellent overview of the career of a true legend, and one of music's most compelling and contemptible characters. There was a time when rock stars like Ginger ruled the earth, leaving a path of dysfunctional destruction in their wake, while producing some of the greatest music the world has ever known.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see for fans of Cream March 16, 2013
By D. Roth
I've read Ginger's biography and have seen "Ginger Baker: In Africa." This documentary sort of completes the story. I saw this on the 'big screen' at Cleveland Institute of Art. I rarely go to the standard Hollywood fare of movies anymore but when I heard about this I rushed to buy a ticket.

I rarely would purchase an album because of the drummer - Ginger was the exception. Having read the biographies of Eric, Jack, and Ginger, and the story of Cream, I still learned so much from the film, many things that Ginger left out of his biography. The film is not only fascinating but extremely well done. One of the producers grew up in Cleveland and answered questions after the film. It took 4 years to make this documentary so it was an incredible labor of love.

Ginger has made the point before that he did not get the royalties he deserved and he is probably right. (Mostly blames Jack for this if you read his biography.) But after seeing this documentary, you realize that he likely would have blown any additional monies anyway.

Highly recommended film.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another male monster March 24, 2013
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Ginger Baker has long been recognized as one of the most accomplished drummers of his generation. It is hard to summon even the shortest list of drummers in the rock world who co e near to matching him. His roots are in jazz drumming, with a heavy influence of African traditional drumming. His musicality and talent are undisputed. But, as most who grew up listening to Cream, Blind Faith, etc, I knew he was one of those artistic male monsters that populate human history. Life with such a person is horrible. This documentary does a pretty good job of showing that. The on-going feud with Jack Bruce, the ego that led often to violent outbursts, the endless, horrible drug use -- all of it is there, woven between interviews with Baker and others in his life. If you are a fan of his music, or of that rock history of that era, you will find it worth watching.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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As soon as I heard this movie was being made some 2 years ago, I anticipated its release, however I never did expect such a well done piece of film on Ginger Baker.

Having been a fan for almost 50 years, I was not expecting to be entertained with any new information. We all know the feud with Jack, the drug addition, the failed businesses,marriages, deportation, African years (with Kuti & his recording studio), etc. However, I got something I did not expect "a wonderful entertaining and honest documentary."

I took my family with me (my children now in their 30s) to see the movie. We found ourselves, intrigued, laughing, crying and never bored, never..... Although at times the film is painful to watch, it's always honest. Ginger is straight forward, emotional, candid, always honest and sometimes very very funny.

The music clips are great, some interesting rare footage with Air Force, Baker/Gurvitz Army,Kuti, however what is unique is how Mr. Bulger put in the animated sections, it is masterful, well done and adds a good flow to the movie.

I could go on for pages and pages, however what truly makes this movie work is the fact the Jay Bulger knew very little about Ginger's illustrious career, as such - he asked questions from an ignorant standpoint (some questions that were not asked of Ginger for some 40 years), he was not aware of what would light Ginger's flame, so he asked it all.... This approach made the movie a success, as Jay did not hold back.... but did so without knowing he was pushing Ginger's buttons- He Made His Lack Of Knowledge Work As His Assett. An expert historian's approach would have made another boring movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible story about perhaps the best drummer of my age
Incredible story about perhaps the best drummer of my age. Documentary where you really meet the man. Great story about a great drummer.
Published 5 days ago by Paul H
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Baker is indeed scary.
Such a great rock-n-roll documentary. A must for fans of classic rock.
Published 10 days ago by J. Kroger
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the $'s.
Great documentary!
Published 15 days ago by Rexrung
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware, Indeed
If you have any interest in Ginger Baker, Cream, jazz, drumming (or just unusual characters) you can't miss this. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mark Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It worked - I like it!
Published 21 days ago by Kit A Galloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce made Eric Clapton cry....great
Published 28 days ago by shakes67
5.0 out of 5 stars Great doc and basically explain how Ginger Baker is like ...
Great doc and basically explain how Ginger Baker is like a coach roach and keeps on living. Best drummer ever, not even close.
Published 1 month ago by Stacy Greenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal
Ginger Baker is a unique musician and artist. i can't fault anyone that has this much talent no matter how tragic their lives appear from the outside. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Garry with two r's
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyable film on many levels.
Published 1 month ago by GKS
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I give four stars for Bakers attitude, other than that no more than three.
Published 2 months ago by RM Kingfish
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