Esquire magazine have voted ex-Cream skinsman the world’s craziest drummer. It coincides with the release of biopic Beware of Mr. Baker.
Esquire say, “Ginger Baker radically upped the ante for rock drumming and outrageous behavior.”
Directed by Jay Bulger, the movie recounts a lifetime of antics and misadventure that puts Baker at the top of the “mad rocker” tree. He was originally a jazz drummer “who wandered into rock'n'roll during stylistic upheaval”, yet played brilliantly. His work with Cream, Blind Faith, Afrobeat hero Fela Kuti, and postpunk provocateurs Public Image Ltd are legend.
Esquire notes, “He once decided to kick a heroin habit by driving across the Sahara. The only addiction he's had that's cost more than drugs is raising polo ponies. He's the most interesting — and possibly craziest — drummer in the world.”