Beware of that rat bastard Ginger Baker!

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Funny thing about this documentary, most movies of this genre focus on its subject to make you sympathetic to either their plight or even given a chance to explain why they are they way they are. I’ve never thought much of Baker and I think even less of him now. He’s a shitty human being who just happened to be a capable drummer in one of the biggest bands in the history of music – Cream. What’s worse, Jack Bruce apparently is not much better. How Eric Clapton survived his three years with them is truly amazing. So personal biases aside, I do like the footage from the 60s for other bands that were around. I had no idea that Graham Bond was such a mess or that he was so portly, not the image of a rock n roll frontman by any means! Some early footage of Traffic is always a treat, Steve Winwood is an immense talent. Is the movie worth watching, hesitatingly, yes. If there was ever a person who was their own worst enemy, Ginger Baker is truly that man. He treated his own family poorly, even stranded his own son after a show to find his way back home without paying him for a gig. I know why the director chose to include Ginger’s personal life. If the movie had focused entirely on Baker’s music career it would have left an incomplete picture of him as a person. If you want to watch something entertaining and informative, watch Bowie’s “Five Years”.