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Beware of Mr. Baker

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Director
Jay Bulger
Country of origin and year
USA 2012
Duration
92 minutes
Certificate
Rated 15 - Contains strong language, twice very strong, and drug references
Cast
Documentary.

Legendary drummer Ginger Baker was as well known for his monstrous rock ’n’ roll behaviour as he was for his skin-pounding in supergroups Cream and Blind Faith. But the 'world’s greatest drummer' didn’t really hit his stride as a musician until 1972, when he travelled to Nigeria and discovered Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat. Setting up shop in Lagos, Baker built a recording studio, sat in on records recorded by Kuti and became one of the first proponents of world music. After leaving Nigeria, Baker returned to his pattern of drug-induced self-destruction before settling in South Africa a little over a decade ago. The 73-year-old now lives in seclusion with his young bride and 39 polo ponies.

Director Jay Bulger spent three months living with the rock legend, resulting in a rollicking and frequently hilarious film, enhanced by interviews with Stewart Copeland, Charlie Watts, John Lydon, Neil Peart, Mickey Hart, Lars Ulrich and others who comment on Baker’s legacy and persona.

 

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