Ginger Baker is known for playing in Cream and Blind Faith, but the world’s greatest drummer didn’t hit his stride until 1972, when he arrived in Nigeria and discovered Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat. After leaving Nigeria, Ginger returned to his pattern of drug-induced self-destruction, eventually settling in South Africa, where the 73-year-old lives with his young bride and 39 polo ponies. This documentary includes interviews with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Carlos Santana and more. With every smash of the drum is a man smashing through life, and smashing the filmmaker's nose on the last day of filming.
- Jay Bulger
- Run Time
- 1 hour 32 minutes
Mr. Bulger ... does not let "Behind the Music" sensationalism overwhelm the music itself, which is Mr. Baker's great passion and the only reason anyone should take an interest in him.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 11.27.2012
The movie salutes the rhythms and the wreckage.Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 11.28.2012
When a documentary begins with its subject using his crutch to deliver a vicious blow to the director's nose, it's reasonably safe to expect less-than-smooth sailing ahead.Joe Leydon, Variety, 11.26.2012
The takeaway: great musician, deficient family man, taxing friend and bandmate, excellent documentary subject.Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 01.24.2013