Ginger Baker RIP

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  1. russ6100

    russ6100 Member

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    This photo was taken less than a mile from the house I lived in in Chadds Ford, PA. It's a wonder I didn't run into them...

    RIP Mr. Baker
     
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  2. Allthesound

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    RIP Mr Baker you wil be missed.

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    Turn this up then turn it up some more!

     
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    Totally. I'm a teaholic and all I hear is Ginger admonishing me.... "pour boiling water... over the tea"
     
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  5. Dr.Picklebottom

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    if he was around (younger and professionally active) a few decades later than he was i bet hed have murdered someone. as a civilization weve all become more impatient, quick tempered, and entitled. in the 60s if you drank more than a few beers a week, stayed up past 10pm, and said 'hell' you were considered wild. these days the bar has been moved so far i imagine hed have developed with that goal post being in a different place, like a gold fish.

    undeniably a very interesting and very terrible person, though.
     
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    OutterLimits Gold Supporting Member

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    Sunrise on the Sufferbus was an influential album. Ginger was a unique voice...

     
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    Really?
    What were they doing out there?
     
  9. wntbtw

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    Spring 1968. Photo OP obviously. They had a gig in nearby Philadelphia. Pretty sure this was when Clapton purchased his Firebird [which eventually replaced his SG which had been damaged]
     
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    Thank you Ginger! And also thank you Eric & Jack!

    "Pressed Rat and Warthog closed down their shop.
    They didn't want to; 'twas all they had got.
    Selling atonal apples, amplified heat,
    And Pressed Rat's collection of doglegs and feet.

    "Sadly, they left, telling no one goodbye.
    Pressed Rat wore red jodhpurs, Warthog a striped tie.
    Between them, they carried a three-legged sack,
    Went straight round the corner and never came back.

    "Pressed Rat and Warthog closed down their shop.
    The bad captain madman had told them to stop
    Selling atonal apples, amplified heat,
    And Pressed Rat's collection of doglegs and feet.

    "The bad captain madman had ordered their fate.
    He laughed and stomped off with a nautical gate.
    The gate turned into a deroga tree
    And his peg leg got woodworm and broke into three.

    "Pressed Rat and Warthog closed down their shop.
    They didn't want to; 'twas all they had got.
    Selling atonal apples, amplified heat,
    And Pressed Rat's collection of doglegs and feet."
     
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  12. blackba

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    Awesome Drummer, one of my favorites. RIP Ginger
     
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    What a Bringdown.
     
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    Mr. Baker, it was a joy seeing you play live.

    Thank you Mr. Baker for all you gave us, rip.
     
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    Glass Onion Toneful truth seeker. Gold Supporting Member

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    Here is some more info I found regarding the photo:

    "Cream was a new kind of blues band. British of course, but putting their unique stamp on a classic American musical idiom, the blues. And where else to shoot a blues band than traveling, on the mythical rails of American music lore. Art Kane carefully scouted a westward bound railroad track in Chadds Ford, PA, a rural area outside of Philadelphia where Cream was performing.

    Photographed for Life Magazine’s "The New Rock” photo essay in April 1968, Kane brought the band out to the location in the late afternoon, in time for a perfect sunset at the apex of the tracks. During the shoot, drummer Ginger Baker, elated at news that morning of the birth of his son in the UK, repeatedly leapt up whooping with joy and rolling down the embankment into the bramble bushes, necessitating Kane’s assistant to wipe him off.

    Later, grabbing a bite at a diner in a small country town, Baker was incensed at some local firemen who were laughing and pointing at them. Marching up to them and getting in their grills he exclaimed; “What are you laughing at? Haven’t you ever seen an Englishman before? Look at you in your silly hats!”
     
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  18. Terry McInturff

    Terry McInturff 40th Anniversary of guitar building! Gold Supporting Member

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    "Ginger Baker is the best drummer to emigrate out of England. Really, Ginger is."......Charlie Watts 1994
     
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    This iconic photo was in a special music issue in Life magazine. This photograph had a huge impact on my 13 year old self and I picked up guitar not soon after hearing "Sunshine of You Love". I wore the grooves off of the "Wheels of Fire" release.

    He was a game changer for sure.
     
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    I just read that Times obit (it was in today's paper too). They actually said that Bonham was "slicker" that Baker. "Slick" really isn't a word I'd use to describe Bonham's style.

    I was disappointed that they didn't mention his time in Hawkwind. And that despite the fact that one of the photos in the print edition appeared to be from that Hawkwind period. I don't think anyone on this thread has mentioned Hawkwind either, so here goes:
     
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