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Beware of Mr. Baker (2013)

Beware of Mr. Baker

Overview


Genre

Documentary

Release Date

January 25, 2013 (Limited)

Studio

SnagFilms

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Jay Bulger

Producer

Jay Bulger, Andrew S. Karsch, Fisher Stevens

Screenwriter

Jay Bulger

Starring

Story


Born in South East London the same week the Nazis began bombing, Ginger Baker's first memory was running after a train that carried his father off to death in WWII. From his music to his life, at the expense of family and fortune, Ginger would never be left behind on the tracks again.

Though best known for his work with Eric Clapton in Cream and Blind Faith, the world's greatest drummer did not hit his stride until years later in 1972 when he drove the first Range Rover ever produced from London to Nigeria in pursuit of the African rhythms and musical icon, Fela Kuti. There he found his Mecca of drumming, introducing the African beat and "world music" to the West, years before any other musicians in the field.

Unfortunately, Ginger's African glory days were short-lived as he found himself looking down the barrel of a Nigerian officer's machine gun. Signaling his departure from the continent and the loss of his fortune, Ginger returned to England where a pattern of divorces, self-destruction, and countless groundbreaking musical works continue on to Italy, California, Colorado, and current day South Africa where he lives inside a fortified compound with his 29-year-old internet bride and 39 polo ponies.

Chain smoking and ingesting copious amounts of morphine while sitting in his leather recliner, the 73-year-old reflects back on his life as we concurrently witness his current law suits, local disputes, and yet another chapter in his path of destruction. Unfortunately, Ginger's ginger hair has faded, and we wonder if he is physically capable of saving himself by playing the instrument that has defined him. In his own words, "God is punishing me for my past wickedness by keeping me alive and in as much pain as he can. I wasn't planning on living this long!" In true Ginger Baker fashion, 3 years into shooting the film, after squandering yet another fortune, Ginger Baker triumphantly returns to the stage. As he went on a 30 date sold out European tour, we were there to capture it.

The documentary includes stories from his ex-wives, children, and many of the greatest living musicians that worked with Ginger including Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, Mickey Hart, Carlos Santana, Max Weinberg, Chad Smith, Femi Kuti, Neal Peart, Simon Kirke, Marky Ramone and many more.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..it's standard for rock docs to have a parade of other musicians testifying to the genius of the subject at hand, but this one impresses for the sheer range of its supplicants to the throne..”
by Peter Howell [Toronto Star]
“..Bulger tries, unconvincingly, to paint Baker as a difficult but admirable rebel. The lingering question in the documentary is whether his musical accomplishments were worth the trail of damage..”
by Liam Lacey [Globe and Mail]