Ginger Baker: Hellraiser: The Autobiography of the World's Greatest Drummer

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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"Like a Ginger Baker drum solo, this unique autobiography is an exhilarating adrenalin rush of drama and excitement."  —Record Collector

"Instant classic memoir."  —Mojo

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844549665
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/9/2010
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 99,842
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ginger Baker was born in Lewisham, London in 1939 and brought up along with his sister and cousin by his mother and aunt. After forging his reputation on the London jazz scene, he found phenomenal success by forming Cream with Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton in 1966. Ginger lives in South Africa, where he is an avid correpsondent to the letters pages of various polo publications.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Memories of War 1

Chapter 2 Schooldays and Cycling 13

Chapter 3 Drums 23

Chapter 4 Phil Seamen 41

Chapter 5 The Road to Graham Bond 49

Chapter 6 The Graham Bond Organisation 69

Chapter 7 Cream 97

Chapter 8 Disraeli Gears 107

Chapter 9 Cream 1968 117

Chapter 10 Goodbye Cream 121

Chapter 11 Blind Faith 125

Chapter 12 Air Force 135

Chapter 13 Hendrix 141

Chapter 14 Africa 147

Chapter 15 Holidays 153

Chapter 16 Ginger Baker in Africa 157

Chapter 17 Drug Bust: 1971 167

Chapter 18 Salt and the Batakota Studios 173

Chapter 19 The Argungu Rally 185

Chapter 20 Polo in Nigeria 193

Chapter 21 The Kalakuta Party 197

Chapter 22 The Trans-Sahara Trucking Company and the Baker Gurvitz Army 201

Chapter 23 Polo in England: 1975-78 209

Chapter 24 Denham Days 225

Chapter 25 Italy: 1982-88 231

Chapter 26 California 237

Chapter 27 Colorado 249

Chapter 28 Nightmare in Colorado: 1997 261

Chapter 29 Return to Africa 271

Chapter 30 The Western Cape 281

Chapter 31 Cream Reunion 285

Epilogue 289

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