Beware of Mr. Baker

Beware of Mr. Baker

Directed by: Jay Bulger
100 minutes

East Coast Premiere


2012 Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing Winner

Though best known for his work with Eric Clapton in Cream and Blind Faith, Ginger Baker, the world’s greatest drummer did not hit his stride until years later in 1972, when he drove the first Range Rover ever produced from London to Nigeria in pursuit of musical icon Fela Kuti and his African rhythms. There he found his Mecca of drumming and his passion for introducing the African beat and “world music” to the West, years before any other musicians in the field.

Unfortunately, Ginger’s African glory days were short-lived, as he found himself looking down the barrel of a Nigerian officer’s machine gun—a moment that signaled his departure from the continent and the loss of his fortune. Ginger returned to England, where a pattern of divorces, self-destruction, and countless groundbreaking musical works began. This wave carried him to Italy, California, Colorado, and finally South Africa, where he now lives inside a fortified compound with his 29-year-old internet bride and 39 polo ponies.

Including stories from his ex-wives, his children, and many of the greatest living musicians that worked with Ginger—Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, Mickey Hart, Carlos Santana, Max Weinberg, Chad Smith, Femi Kuti, Neal Peart, Simon Kirke, Marky Ramone, and many more—Jay Bulger’s BEWARE OF MR. BAKER catapults the viewer into Ginger’s unique beat. With every smash of the bass drum, there is a man behind it smashing his way through life.