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Beware of Mr. Baker



Ginger Baker is known for playing in Cream and Blind Faith, but the world's greatest drummer didn’t hit his stride until 1972, when he arrived in Nigeria and discovered Fela Kuti's Afrobeat. After leaving Nigeria, Ginger returned to his pattern of drug-induced self-destruction, and countless groundbreaking musical works, eventually settling in South Africa, where the 73-year-old lives with his young bride and 39 polo ponies. This documentary includes interviews with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Carlos Santana and more. Beware of Mr. Baker! With every smash of the drum is a man smashing his way through life.


Director(s): Jay Bulger

Executive Producer(s): Tony Palmer, Julie Goldman

Producer(s): Andrew Karsch, Fisher Stevens, Erik H. Gordon

Screenwriter(s): Jay Bulger

Cinematographer: Eric Robbins

Editor(s): Abhay Sofsky

Music: Bill Laswell

Additional Credits: Producer: Jay Bulger, Co-Producer: Alice Henty, Line Producer: Lesli Klainberg, Music Supervisor: Sue Jacobs, Associate Producers: Sofia Santana, Abhay Sofsky

Director Bio


Jay Bulger attended Fordam University in the Bronx. Boxed in New York Golden Gloves. Directed videos and commercials and wrote for "New York" and "Rolling Stone". Lived with and wrote about Ginger Baker, but needed to return to make this documentary.


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