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    Ginger Baker




    Drummer: Peter Edward “Ginger” Baker
    Style: Jazz, rock
    Main Bands: Cream
    Brief Summary: Born in Lewisham South London, Ginger Baker according to AllMusic “…is the most influential percussionist of the '60s”. Baker’s two bass drum set up is patterned after jazz great Louie Belson. In 1966 Baker teamed up with Eric Clapton and bassist Jack Bruce to form the band Cream which disbanded in 1968. Baker later joined Blind Faith and released just one album in 1969.

    Other Facts: In May 2005, Baker reunited with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce at the Royal Albert Hall London. Baker now resides in South Africa.

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    Lol....damn Rich.....beat me to it, well done bud!
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    Last edited by Olimpass; 05-12-2014 at 10:16 AM.

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    Nice Late8. Ironically, I was just watching a Cream video just before going to DC and seeing this post.


    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqh54rSzheg"]Cream- Sunshine of Your Love - YouTube[/ame]
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    Oh, and if there is an essential Ginger Baker album to get, it's this one, in my 'umble opinion, guv'nors! Not a dud track anywhere.






    And if you've never heard him speak.....typical Co.ckney lad...lol.

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    GB was an early rock-blues influence on me.

    Actually got to see him during the "CREAM FAREWELL" tour in Dallas, October, 1968.
    Met him personally during a clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas 20 years later.

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    Just in from the Washington Post: documentary film, about drummer Ginger Baker, will premiere at South by Southwest Film Festival March 2012! called "Beware of Mr. Baker!"

    (If I can) Here's the link to The trailer on Rolling Stone:http://www.rollingstone.com/videos/n...ntary-20120301
    Can't wait for the DVD!
    Last edited by slinglander; 03-03-2012 at 03:02 PM. Reason: added text

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    Quote Originally Posted by slinglander View Post
    Just in from the Washington Post: documentary film, about drummer Ginger Baker, will premiere at South by Southwest Film Festival March 2012! called "Beware of Mr. Baker!"

    (If I can) Here's the link to The trailer on Rolling Stone:
    Can't wait for the DVD!
    Ha! Great, thanks for posting. I look forward to seeing it as well.
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    i wonder if ginger baker can bake some ginger snaps?!?

    if you ask a drummer what time it is?!? they're likely to respond with a time signature "oh, it's 4/4"....


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    Quote Originally Posted by slinglander View Post
    Just in from the Washington Post: documentary film, about drummer Ginger Baker, will premiere at South by Southwest Film Festival March 2012! called "Beware of Mr. Baker!"

    (If I can) Here's the link to The trailer on Rolling Stone:http://www.rollingstone.com/videos/n...ntary-20120301
    Can't wait for the DVD!
    Just read the Jay Bulger interview of Ginger Baker that was published today (3-4-12) in the Washington Post Sunday Magazine. This was the interview that led to the documentary. Good reading. When I saw it, with Ginger's younger face on the cover, and kit in the background, thought my drum mag arrived early!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slinglander View Post
    Just in from the Washington Post: documentary film, about drummer Ginger Baker, will premiere at South by Southwest Film Festival March 2012! called "Beware of Mr. Baker!"

    (If I can) Here's the link to The trailer on Rolling Stone:http://www.rollingstone.com/videos/n...ntary-20120301
    Can't wait for the DVD!
    I just watched it last night on Netflix.

    What a nasty person.
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    He wasnt inducted into the Rock & Roll hall of fame for his personality or his attitude but for his drumming.

    During the filming of the documentary he was 72 or 73 yrs old and about to lose his home, land, and all his beloved horse's. His health is declining and now he's facing having to start all over yet again, if that doesn't make someone ill tempered nothing will.

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    Most of what's happening to him, he brought on himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickthedrummer View Post
    Most of what's happening to him, he brought on himself.
    I guess he's the only person to have ever made bad decisions.

    I hope this doesn't turn into another [B]BASH Ginger Baker thread, if that happens I hope the moderator will delete all such posts. I've seen on other sites where his name is mentioned and people come out of the woodwork and start bashing away, I'd hope this site is different. Sometimes it's best to heed to the old saying " if you dont have anything good to say about someone, dont say anything."

    BTW-Yes, I'm a Big Ginger Baker fan.

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    Or snap a ginger baker?

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    Ginger Baker is looking pretty frail these days, if hes not careful a rimshot may snap his arm off.

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    Gingers son is really a very good drummer also, he is currently touring playing a lot of Cream's music. His name is Kofi Baker.....
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    Ginger Baker and the rest of Cream was inducted into the Rock & Roll hall of fame in 1993.

    He's truly one of the world's greatest drummer's!

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    Being a boy named Ginger would cause anyone to develop a bad attitude.
    -Brian

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    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

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    Just the fact that Baker's made it this far is way better than at least 1/2 dz., other famous drummers that never made it past their 50's!
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    I watched the documentary "Beware of Mr. Baker" and what I found interesting was his kit set up, especially the shallow kick drums. I've been a fan of Mr. Baker's playing since the days of Cream.




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    The DW layout would be his latest since his earlier layouts had his small toms between the kicks and the hats attached to the left kick hoop. And only three crashes and a splash in the very early days....he needed to leave room on the left of HH for the omnipresent pitcher of beer!
    SONOR 6 pc Special Edition 3007's red maple, old Pearl Brass 14x6 FF snare, Yamaha Tour Custom maple 8 pc., Tama 4 pc., honey amber B/B, Ludwig Supralite chrome 14x6.5 steel snare, Paiste, Saluda & Zildjian
    Loaned out Slingerland upgraded 4 pc 1963 black, wrapped maple + 14" Pearl birch FT
    The Almighty Speed King pedal, Speed Cobra, Sonor Single

    http://www.screaminmelinas.com
    http://www.facebook.com/DerailedRockers/

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    Mr.Baker has a new album coming out june 24th ( his first in 16yrs ) titled "Why". He will be touring the U.S most of june, all the places and dates are on his website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slinglander View Post
    The DW layout would be his latest since his earlier layouts had his small toms between the kicks and the hats attached to the left kick hoop. And only three crashes and a splash in the very early days....he needed to leave room on the left of HH for the omnipresent pitcher of beer!
    Right, Ginger's earlier layout had shades of Belson's set up:






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    If you've never read it Ginger Baker's autobiography titled "Hell Raiser" is very interesting, it's very well written.

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