@ the Love Supreme Jazz Festival
5 July 2015
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Considered one of the greatest drummers of all time, Ginger Baker
played with the bands Cream and Blind Faith. He is known for using
two bass drums in his kit.
Peter “Ginger” Baker was born in London in 1939. He
began playing drums as a teen, and by age 16 he was touring. He
formed the band Cream in 1966, and when it dissolved, he formed
Blind Faith. Ginger Baker’s next years were marked by addiction
and fights with bandmates, and he fled to Nigeria to get clean.
Financial troubles ultimately drove him to settle in South Africa,
where he still lives and raises polo ponies.
A documentary about Baker's life, Beware of Mr. Baker, debuted
at South by Southwest in 2012.
Ginger Baker's brief biography courtesy of bio.com