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Ginger Baker


Paperback Published: 9th July 2010
ISBN: 9781844549665
Number Of Pages: 291

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The music, the marriages, the polo, the drugs, the trans-Saharan trucking scheme—the drummer best-known for his work in Cream and his contributions to World Music tells his whole fascinating story Peter "Ginger" Baker is a legend. A pioneering drummer who has transcended genres, he did much to popularize world music with his fierce passion for the rhythms of Africa. He is that rare thing, a critically-acclaimed musician who has enjoyed global success with not one but several supergroups to his name, including Cream and Blind Faith. Here, Ginger tells his story for the first time and without any self-censorship. It's an often harrowing, but honest journey from his humble beginnings in war-torn south London to his adopted home in South Africa's beautiful Western Cape—complete with polo club. He tells of his life-long love of jazz, how he discovered the drums and African music, and life on the road. He also confesses to the heroin use that should have killed him in his colorful 1960s prime, working and playing with the biggest names of the time. In the 1970s, he came up with a trans-Saharan trucking scheme, was a successful rally driver, built an ill-fated recording studio, and discovered a consuming passion for playing polo. He talks candidly of the loss and recovery of his fortune, his three marriages, Cream's 1993 induction into the rock'n'roll hall of fame, their subsequent successful reunion in 2005, and his hopes for the future.

Industry Reviews

"Instant classic memoir." --"Mojo"
"Like a Ginger Baker drum solo, this unique autobiography is an exhilarating adrenalin rush of drama and excitement." "Record Collector""
"Instant classic memoir." "Mojo""

Memories of Warp. 1
Schooldays and Cyclingp. 13
Drumsp. 23
Phil Seamenp. 41
The Road to Graham Bondp. 49
The Graham Bond Organisationp. 69
Creamp. 97
Disraeli Gearsp. 107
Cream 1968p. 117
Goodbye Creamp. 121
Blind Faithp. 125
Air Forcep. 135
Hendrixp. 141
Africap. 147
Holidaysp. 153
Ginger Baker in Africap. 157
Drug Bust: 1971p. 167
Salt and the Batakota Studiosp. 173
The Argungu Rallyp. 185
Polo in Nigeriap. 193
The Kalakuta Partyp. 197
The Trans-Sahara Trucking Company and the Baker Gurvitz Armyp. 201
Polo in England: 1975-78p. 209
Denham Daysp. 225
Italy: 1982-88p. 231
Californiap. 237
Coloradop. 249
Nightmare in Colorado: 1997p. 261
Return to Africap. 271
The Western Capep. 281
Cream Reunionp. 285
Epiloguep. 289
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ISBN: 9781844549665
ISBN-10: 1844549666
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 291
Published: 9th July 2010
Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1