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½ November 15, 2013
Ginger Baker is a legendary drummer with a legendary temper.
May 19, 2014
Or the One Where That Guy is Just A Jerk...

As a musician myself, it's a lot of fun to watch Beware of Mr. Baker. One, because it showcases the insane talent of Ginger Baker, probably the best modern drummer, and two, because it showcases how insane Ginger Baker is. If you're a musician you probably both admire Ginger Baker for his immense amount of talent, and fear becoming the kind of musician who values art over people.

But this isn't just a documentary for musicians, it's a great character piece about one of the most enigmatic characters in the annals of rock history. As you hear the story of his life, you might begin to understand how he turned into who he did, but you don't forgive him for it. His cruel tactics in dealing with people and persistent need to feel better than everyone else, reveal his true nature: he's a jerk. I don't think there's much of a way around it.

And writer/director Jay Bulger doesn't make any apologies for him, in fact, he even goes head to head (or nose to cane) with Baker. But Bulger's clear admiration for the rock hero effects everything in the film. Just like the audience, Bulger may not be able to forgive Baker's flaws, but he can't forget his talent.
February 10, 2014
Though Cream was sort of cited as the grandfather or forefather for heavy metal (hey there's Lars from Metallica in the doc), Baker comes off more like a craggly jazz-man-cum-punk-rocker, who didnt give a fuck and even gives the director of his documentary a piece of his mind with his cane! Kind of a prime example of a man who you know you wouldn't want to spend more than two minutes with - hard to feel sorry for a man who wasted all his money, and Cream reunion money no less (I couldn't afford those tickets man!) on fucking horses and polo - yet he really is just one of the drummers that changed the game for everyone. Also fascinating to find out a musician from the 60's really could have just torpedoed all of his good luck from the era in two decades afterward. A good documentary on what the Brits could call a 'right old nasty bastard.'

"Then I think about the love that you laid on my table."
½ July 28, 2013
the doc aspect is so/so but what make this so so good is the classic proformances that include Cream,Blind Faith and others
July 31, 2015
Brilliant documentary of Ginger Baker,who was put on this Earth to do one thing,perfectly. The rest of him is a messy affair. It's all there from early days in jazz,to Cream and Blind Faith and beyond. He has a huge ego, not a lot of empathy,but the story is stirring.
February 28, 2015
Beware of how good this is! Fantastic film.
February 21, 2015
great documentary about a great musician, and a really interesting cat. The only thing that would have made it better was longer clips, or some full concert footage at the end.
½ July 5, 2014
Beware Of Mr. Bakers inside look at one of rocks most influential drummers never falls into standard documentary tropes, instead it relies on honest accounts that let you judge Ginger Bakers mentality.
June 23, 2014
Thanks Amoeba channel for sharing the information. Both the film making and the content are inspirational.
May 21, 2014
What a violtile character is Mr Baker, A ongoing feud, hatred of Jack Bruce, but yet they made awesome music together..great Doc..
January 6, 2013
what a mess of a human being personally destroying Cream and Blind Faith. What a nut job genius drummer.
½ May 11, 2014
One of the best documentaries I've seen. Ginger Baker was and is an incorrigible antisocial musical genius--but what struck me most about him is how unwilling he was to cater to anyone else's desires for him to behave according to any standards other than his own. And how he entered relationships in his bands like an out-of-control businessman who wanted things done how he wanted them and wouldn't back down. That said, watching him now as a 75-year-old man.....looking nothing like a rock star or even a former rock star...was mesmerizing. Actually, he never wanted to be nor was he a rock star; he was actually a jazz drummer who was influenced by jazz and infused it into songs he wrote and played on. I was in awe while watching the clips of him playing drums, and he is inarguably one of the best top three drummers of the century. The fact that he was addicted to heroin most of his life explains a lot about his personality and behavior, but that he frequently mixed and injected heroin, cocaine and LSD was symbolic of his lack of respect for his mortality or real respect for life as most of us know it. His relationships with wives and his children were, understandably, pretty bad, and he doesn't seem to have regrets he cares to share, choosing instead to turn to animals for companionship and unconditional love. Funny thing is that nobody ever imagined this crazy man would live very long, and yet he goes on and on and on, like a lovable old cockroach that just won't die. This film is funny, touching, wild and warm, and after the first scene is replayed toward the end showing him losing his temper and beating the interviewer with his walking stick, breaking the man's nose, you walk away with a certain reverence for this madman, who, after all, is just a broken, financially bankrupt, lonely, sick old soul with a sad little boy's heart inside and a freaking amazing amount of talent.
May 7, 2014
Exceptional. Deeply moving. A well-spring of Rock 'N' Roll knowledge presented in a very "warts-and-all" approach. When the interviewer gets his nose broken by Baker in the first five minutes, you know you're in for a rare treat.
May 4, 2014
A man of many contradictions. And a must see rockumentary like no other.
April 27, 2014
I really enjoyed seeing how Catweazle's drumming career took off.
½ December 5, 2012
Ginger Baker. What a fascinating dude.
½ March 14, 2014
Wow. What an achievement. The thoroughly honest and compelling story of one of the most difficult and interesting men at the epicenter of rock music.
½ December 15, 2013
Enjoyed the crap out of this, I would think a wild character like ginger baker would be an easy documentary to create, due to his personality and story, but they did a great job digging a little deeper, and the little animations that tied the movie together were great too. Enjoyed this a it if you are into classic rock, and even if you are not.
½ May 12, 2013
Really really interesting insight into Ginger Baker! Engrossing and brilliant.
September 7, 2013
Very good doc. Editing is lame in a few spots but other than that it's solid. Everyone is extremely honest, which is always the most important thing. Always had respect for him, but never knew he was such a bizarre and fascinating character.
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