Among rock circles Ginger Baker is widely considered to be one of the most influential drummers of all time, recognised by his induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2008. He is a pioneer of drumming in genres like jazz-fusion, heavy metal and world music.
He is responsible for getting Mick Jagger and the late guitarist Brian Jones together to form the Rolling Stones and also introduced bassist Jack Bruce to Eric Clapton and together they formed Cream, arguably the first and most successful power trio and the first global supergoup.
Baker is noted for his eccentric, often self-destructive lifestyle; he struggled with heroin addiction for many years, moved around the world often after making enemies, and has been beset with financial and tax troubles, partially as a result of his polo hobby. He has been married four times and has fathered three children.
During this conversation Ginger talks about his musical career from the early 1960’s until the 1980’s and all of the musicians that he played with including Eric Clapton and Stevie Winwood.
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