Beware of Mr. Baker

February 1, 2013 | By

Mr. Baker can now 'see' the music in full Technicolor.

Another engaging rock doc ends its initial run at the Bloor Cinema – mostly likely it’ll return, like this weekend’s reprise of Michael Apted’s 56 Up (2012) – but it’s worth catching Beware of Mr. Baker [M] (2012) on the big screen, especially with an audience as they too absorb the wild details of pioneering rock drummer / jazz drummer Ginger Baker.

Best known for his work with super group Cream, Baker’s maniacal performance style (is there any other for the top drummers?) was affected by drug use – the inference is some of his best work stemmed from prolonged states of chemical bliss – but he was and remains his own worst enemy, charged with a peculiar self-destructive force that often had him jumping to another country to restart his life after a near-disaster.

A good chunk of his work is available on DVD, so there’s little doubt Jay Bulger’s film won’t get a video release sometime this year.

Coming next: a podcast with Mama composer Fernando Velazquez.



Mark R. Hasan, Editor ( Main Site / Mobile Site )

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