Ginger Baker, arguably the greatest drummer in rock, is best known for his work in Cream and Blind Faith, but he was equally fluent in jazz and introduced the African beat to the West years before any other musician. Baker's odyssey took him across the world with stays in Nigeria, Italy, California, and Colorado and left a trail of divorces and devastation behind. Now 73, Baker remains as irascible as ever. In his fortified South African compound, where he lives with his 29-year-old bride and 39 polo ponies, Baker chain-smokes, ingests copious amounts of morphine, and pugnaciously reflects back on his life. The documentary features interviews with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, Carlos Santana, Alex Van Halen, and Jack Bruce. With The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist (Mark Columbus, U.S., 2012, 7 min.), in which a son pays tribute to his father, a once-famous jazz guitarist from the Fiji Islands.
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