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Ginger Baker

Retrospective by Chris Welch, The History of Rock, 1982

PETER 'GINGER' BAKER had an enormous and profound effect on the course of rock drumming when his playing and personality first began to make an ...

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Ginger Baker (2015)

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Rock's Backpages audio, 2015

The ex-Cream drummer refuses to divulge much about working with PiL; the Beware of Mr. Baker movie; his Nigerian experiences; being an improvising musician; his friendship with the jazz greats; the Cream reunion; leaving South Africa; his relationship with his family and his health. He's marginally more forthcoming about his experiences with heroin.

File format: mp3; file size: 10.6mb, interview length: 29' 27" sound quality: ** (phoner)

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NME Reporters Cover the Weekend's Major Event — the Eighth National Jazz and Blues Festival

Live Review by Keith Altham, Richard Green, New Musical Express, 17 August 1968


8th National Jazz & Blues Festival: Lazy Sunbury Afternoon...

Live Review by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, 17 August 1968


Ginger Baker: The Ginger Man

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 17 August 1968

PETER "GINGER" BAKER will be 29 soon, and after 13 years of beating drum kits into submission, he is at last able to relax and ...

Ginger Baker's Airforce: Scramble Here Comes Ginger's Airforce

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 3 January 1970

"SCRAMBLE!" Ginger Baker, Marshall of the Airforce, rapped out his orders with the cool aplomb of a man in charge of a powerful attacking force, ...

Ginger Baker

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, 11 April 1970

GINGER BAKER is 31 years old and you DON’T ignore him. You can’t. He has accumulated a monstrous reputation over the past 10 years that ...

Ginger Baker's Airforce: Ginger Baker's Airforce (Polydor)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 16 May 1970

GINGER BAKER HAS led a long tough career. He has worked hard, stuck to his musical guns at all times. ...

Grateful Dead, Traffic, Black Sabbath, Jose Feliciano et al: Hollywood Music Festival, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 30 May 1970


Ginger Baker and Fela Ransome-Kuti: Ginger Baker Backs This Fela's Afro-Rock

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 15 January 1972

WITH AIRFORCE, Ginger Baker succeeded in providing the rudiments of the Afro-beat. Consciously he wanted to go back to the roots of highly percussive music, ...

Ginger Baker: Ginger Recruits An Army

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 23 November 1974

...and they're going into battle shortly with a new album and tour. Ginger Baker, ace drummer and member of the Lagos Polo Club, explains his ...

“People Thought We Were Only Good For One Album. But We Made Another. So There”

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 1 November 1975

Yes, success is getting a little nearer ever year for the BAKER GURVITZ ARMY! Report by CHRIS SALEWIZ ...

Ginger Baker: New Skins For The Old Ceremony

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 12 June 1976

PHIL SUTCLIFFE takes a walk down memory lane with GINGER BAKER, drummer, sportsman and fellow piles sufferer. ...

Will Cream Stand the Test of Time?

Retrospective and Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, 28 April 1977

MAYBE YOU'VE seen the recent full-page spreads, and maybe you've wondered. In January, RSO Records reissued nine landmark rock 'n roll albums. "Collector's Editions," the ...

The Ginger Baker Challenge

Interview by Richard Gehr, Spin, January 1986

WHAT THE HELL is drummer dinger Baker doing in New York? Hanging out with the Celluloid Records central committee, of course, and laying down tracks for ...

BBM: Around The Next Dream (Virgin)/Ginger Baker Trio: Going Back Home (Atlantic)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Guitar World, 1994

WHOEVER FIRST claimed that guitar, bass and drums are the "three primary colo(u)rs of rock and roll" ignored the possibility that some of us might ...

Ginger Baker: "Do Toad!"

Interview by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, August 1994

"DO 'TOAD'!" THAT WAS THE TENDER CATCHPHRASE THAT every youth used to yell at Ginger Baker every time he took his place behind his amazing ...

Ginger Baker: "I came off heroin something like 29 times"

Profile and Interview by Edward Helmore, The Observer, 5 January 2013

Former Cream drummer Ginger Baker talks about his battle with heroin, how he was the original Rolling Stones drummer and being the subject of new ...

Talking Drummer: An Interview with Remi Kabaka

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages, July 2015

ON A SATURDAY afternoon in late May, I arrive at a large outdoor sports facility on the west side of Los Angeles.  There are several playing fields ...

Ginger Baker (19 August 1939 – 6 October 2019)

Obituary by Jon Newey, Jazzwise, December 2019

Pressed rolls and warthog: The life and times of Ginger Baker ...

see also Baker-Gurvitz Army

see also Cream


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