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Beware of Mr. Baker 2012

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At 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 (and perhaps still its best) lets him tell his own story, intercut with footage of his continent-hopping life, from London to L.A., Nigeria, Italy, South Africa, and (way) beyond.

Starring:
Ginger Baker, Ginette Baker, Eric Clapton
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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Genres Musical, Documentary
Director Jay Bulger
Starring Ginger Baker, Ginette Baker, Eric Clapton, Johnny "Rotton" Lydon, Tony Allen, Jack Bruce
Studio SnagFilms
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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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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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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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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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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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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As a working drummer for the past 40-odd years I have long held Ginger Baker up as the fiercest, most fearless, and innovative of all the drummers who came out of the rock era. This film shows us Mr Baker as he truly is guts, warts, weapons, drugs and all, and it does so not only through extensive interviews with the man himself, but with his families, past and present, as well as musical colleagues such as Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton, and admirers such as Johnny Rotten, Stewart Copeland, and Neil Peart. The animated sequences that are used to illustrate some of Baker's reminisces are quite effective and rendered in dark, espressionistic tones that suit Baker's story-telling perfectly. And the archival footage of Baker in this pre- and post-Cream days is edited in coherently, so that we get a pretty good sense of this fascinating, complex, and difficult character. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in Mr Baker, the history of rock & roll, or the dynamics of dealing with a hard-headed genius.
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