BEWARE OF MR. BAKER
- BEWARE OF MR. BAKER
- 2012, Jay Bulger, USA, 92 min.
“Fantastically entertaining...If Clapton was God, guess who was the devil?”
—Kyle Smith, New York Post
“★★★★★ Rudely funny...You’ll love the idea that someone like this deserves a documentary.”
—Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
Fabulously talented and ferociously temperamental, Ginger Baker is the most legendary rock drummer, notable both for his game-changing work with such groups as Cream and Blind Faith, and for the bridges-burning excesses of his lifestyle, which make Keith Richards look like a choir boy by comparison. Rolling Stone journalist Bulger tracked the aging but decidedly unmellowed Baker to a remote ranch in South Africa for this vivid, in-depth portrait that begins with an enraged Baker cracking Bulger’s nose with a crutch. Winner of the Best Documentary prize at SXSW, the film traces the long, strange trip of Baker’s stormy life but also makes a convincing case for him as a musical genius whose seminal influence is affirmed by such admirers as Johnny Rotten, Eric Clapton, Lars Ulrich, and Carlos Santana. DCP video. (MR)