Monday 23 April 2018

Baker's story is cream of TV series

Ginger Baker now raises polo ponies in South Africa
Ginger Baker now raises polo ponies in South Africa

Reclusive rock drummer Ginger Baker is to tell all about his career as part of a new series of documentaries.

The hard-living musician, best known for his ferocious drumming style while playing with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce in Cream, was tracked down to his home - a gated compound in the South African countryside - for the film.

Beware Of Mr Baker, which forms part of the BBC's new Imagine series, traces his beginnings in the London jazz scene of the 1950s and takes in his time with Cream, his work with renowned African musician Fela Kuti and the time he spent living rough in Tuscany.

Baker, 75, who raises polo horses at the ranch, which he bought with the proceeds of a brief Cream reunion, will also discuss his well-publicised heroin addiction.

Imagine, which is presented by BBC executive Alan Yentob, also includes films about contemporary artist Jeff Koons, architect Frank Gehry and the most recent winner of the Man Booker Prize, Australian novelist Richard Flanagan.

Yentob said: "For those of us on the Imagine team who've had the privilege of bringing you these stories, this series has proved to have been a great adventure. If inspiration and revelation are what you are looking for, I don't think you'll be disappointed."

The series will also include an interview with US writer Toni Morrison.

Press Association

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