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Beware of Mr. Baker

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Jay Bulger
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USA 2012
92 minutes
Rated 15 - Contains strong language, twice very strong, and drug references

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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