Ginger Baker is known for playing in Cream and Blind Faith, but the world’s greatest drummer didn’t hit his stride until 1972, when he arrived in Nigeria and discovered Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat. After leaving Nigeria, Ginger returned to his pattern of drug-induced self-destruction…
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Disappointing, considering its potential and the subject in question. Mostly reconstituted interviews and potted history (not much new for fans) but some touching insights from son Kofi and some spectacularly entertaining animations.
Film Threat aptly describes this as a "dense tapestry [woven of] personal pathos and dream-like animation," not to mention great music, and some audience chuckles tempered by raised eyebrows and a few shudders of disbelief. Beware of Mr. Baker indeed!
i guess if your music is good you can get away with being an ass. the documentary makes him out to be a cartoon character, could've done without the animation and plucky voiceovers. interesting nonetheless.
Nicely constructed portrait of the man but, even better, an amazing tale of the artist as a relentless, destructive force. In an era so stupidly obsessed with political correctness and "kindness over talent", this film brings a lot of light to the true confusing nature of real, vivid and vibrant creativity. Very nice film.