»Beware Of Mr. Baker« is named after the sign at the entrance to Ginger Baker’s personal enclave in South Africa. Mr. Baker is a sour, sarcastic and physically violent old man who claims that God is punishing him by keeping him alive and in as much pain as possible. He has also been described as the most influential percussionist of the 1960’s, having played drums with legends like Eric Clapton and Fela Kuti.

Now emaciated and retired, this old rock legend is visited by reporter Jay Bulger for a lengthy interview. Baker outspokenly talks about his past life as a rock star, about the jams and the drugs, as well as the wallowing in debt and near-death experiences. Besides archive footage, the interview is alternated with shots of other musicians praising Ginger Baker’s legacy as a drummer as well as testifying to his rogue nature. Whether making legendary recordings or attacking Bulger with his walking stick, Ginger Baker leaves no-one unmoved.

William O’Brien

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Title
Beware of mr. Baker
Director
Jay Bulger
Country
USA
Length
92 min
Festival
2012
Section
Documania
Language
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2012
Cast
Ginger Baker, Bob Adcock, Tony Allen, Carmine Appice
Producer
Andrew Karsch
Script
Jay Bulger

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