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||IMDB Rating: 7.6/10 from votes
||Release: 17 May 2013 (UK) /
||Director: Jay Bulger,
||Stars: Bob Adcock, Brian Auger, Carmine Appice, Eric Clapton, Ginette Baker, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Jon Hiseman, Joni Haastrup, Leda Baker, Malcolm Cecil, Mickey Hart, Simon Kirke, Stewart Copeland, Tony Allen
||Synopsis: Ginger Baker looks back on his musical career with Cream and Blind Faith; his introduction to Fela Kuti; his self-destructive patterns and losses of fortune; and his current life inside a fortified South African compound.
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Beware of Mr. Baker is the most exhilarating, enthralling, disquieting
and laugh out loud funny documentary I've seen in quite a while. This
is especially surprising coming from first-time filmmaker, Rolling
Stone writer and ex-boxer Jay Bulger. It profiles the many ups and
downs of former Cream and Blind Faith drummer, Ginger Baker.
Yes, it helps that Baker is the ultimate curmudgeon who cares squat
about what people think of him. He speaks his mind, often in hilarious
bursts of profanity. The drummer can barely speak without unleashing
some brutal gem at once outrageous and more often than not funny as
But it's the filmmaking that also shines here, pairing with the
drummer's tales in perfect synchronization. Baker's unique form of
storytelling and opining comes across in short blasts much like one of
his rim shots, captured skillfully by Bulger. This documentary is
notable for its pacing, using animation and quick edits to give a
smooth musicality to the film. Baker talks throughout the film about
the rare gift of timing. Bulger's got it. That's quite an achievement
for a first-time director - for any director.
While the interviewees (a plethora of musicians and long-suffering
family members, including Clapton, Bruce, Watts, Peart, Ulrich,
ex-wives and resigned children) make no bones about Ginger Baker being
a total prick, it's hard not to empathize at least in part with Baker's
life. A cruel father to his only son (now a respected drummer), a
negligent husband and mean bastard to almost everyone he ever
encountered, there is not a lot to like about the man.
Then again, it's hard to tell how much of Baker's bravado is show and
how much is real. In a short but telling scene, he is surprised by the
camera while he is silly dancing for his step-daughters much to their
delight. No doubt Baker has his ugly side but it's scenes like this
that give the doc its rough-hewn charm.
What this biopic does best is present what is good about Ginger Baker -
his prodigious drumming. Finely navigating the drummer's early life,
his days leading up to Cream's breakout to his days in Africa (the live
performances by Fela Kuti and band shown here are alone worth the price
of admission), the film puts the spotlight squarely on the music.
Baker cares little for people. His life was and still is his drum kit.
I had forgotten how rounded his skills are for arranging, producing and
playing. His drum battles with the primo jazz drummers of the day -
Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Phil Seaman - are ear-poppingly wonderful.
It helps enormously that Baker's madman looks and flaming orange hair
are iconic. The skillful and oftentimes funny animation makes full use
of this iconography, emphasizing the bigger-than-life halo that slums
around Mr. Baker's head. Now 73-years-old and grey, that Baker has
survived a career of unimaginable fame, riches, women, and mostly
heroin, to live yet another day is phenomenal.
While the man's bluntness, musicality and humour dominate the film, the
real beauty is in Bulger's ability to shine a light on the one
overriding aspect of Ginger Baker that makes him such a fascinating
subject. That is, a peculiar talent for walking into adventures the
rest of us would never attempt. Often coming out broke and worse for
wear, the abominable Mr. Baker, as he has done all his life, takes a
breath and moves on to the next inexplicable enterprise, lacking any
sense of self-doubt and living a life seemingly without remorse, at
least when it comes to others.
Tags for Beware of Mr. Baker Full Movie
, Brian Auger
, Carmine Appice
, Eric Clapton
, Ginette Baker
, Ginger Baker
, Jack Bruce
, Jon Hiseman
, Joni Haastrup
, Leda Baker
, Malcolm Cecil
, Mickey Hart
, Simon Kirke
, Stewart Copeland
, Tony Allen
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