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1.0 out of 5 stars Hell why did I buy this paperweight?, 4 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Ginger Baker: Hellraiser (Paperback)
I guess I always felt a bit sorry for Ginger Baker as he seemed to me to be the loser in the battles with Jack as well as seemingly making far less money from the band as a whole. I've seen it reported that Pete Brown makes considerably more than Ginger; how true this is I have no way of knowing.
I've always suspected that GB had a dark and violent side and I also assumed that he was not the brightest bulb in the chandelier so this book has confirmed those prejudices. Ginger Baker is not a person who I would actually like to meet; he comes across as being very arrogant; rude; defensive; violent and thoroughly detestable. His writing style is akin to those wonderful "What I did in my summer holidays" essays we were all forced to write in our early school years; only ours were better written! Every chapter follows the same basic structure; hooked up with someone fantastic; took some drugs; played drums fantastically well; scored some more dope; slept with someone incredibly good looking and scored some more dope or smuggled it past the cops brilliantly.
The book's title suggests that the author will regale us with stories of great merriment, debauchery of all kinds with the kind of detail that us adults crave. Frankly a Mills and Boon book is a better read. Ginger simply says: got drunk; pulled a fit bird; went back to her place and had wonderful sex.
Ginger is clearly his own biggest fan and has the ego of a small planet. Yes he is one of the best tub-thumpers ever to grace a stage, but frankly there are many who are better that have (so far) achieved much less. According to him, he is also a fantastic lover; drug smuggler; footballer; diver; driver; polo player; polo horse trainer; polo umpire and is responsible for all that is good in the world. He is also a nasty, violent, vindictive and cruel man who is stuck in the glories of his own past. As my kids would say, "he needs to get over himself". Although, in all fairness he does describe himself as being a `good normal' in the trouser department yet he says he was about the same as the legendary Jimi Hendrix. Oh yes, and he could have saved Jimi's life apparently.
Anyway, would I recommend this book? Yes, if you need something to prop up the leg of a wonky table or you only intend to read 4 or 5 chapters as you are a Cream fan or something. Other than that I would not bother; borrow it from a library and save the money to give to a more deserving cause than Mr Peter Baker.
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Initial post: 26 Jan 2013 23:04:58 GMT
DP this is a funny, well-written skewering that has put me off the book! Well until my table gives way, that is.
A stylish review, thanks.

Posted on 11 Feb 2013 11:56:57 GMT
A. Evans says:
I quite agree but will probably soldier on to the end of the book even though I'm getting more irritated by the page.. Unfortunately having bought the Kindle edition I cannot put the book to the suggested use of propping up the leg of a wonky table

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2013 01:58:44 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jul 2013 02:00:44 BDT
After viewing "Beware Of Mr. Baker", the new GB documentary, and reading this book, I came away with the feeling that this very talented musician who had his 15 minutes of fame, and a musician that i enjoyed listening to, with Cream, and Blind Faith, is in truth a self-centered, nasty human being, who gives himself way too much credit, at the expense of others. His old friends, Eric Clapton & Jack Bruce, even staged a Cream reunion around 2005, to help fill his bankrupt pockets, and he still managed to blow away his money, as he has done time and time again. He is the definition of an old grouchy loser, who could have been somebody, but chose a life of destruction, and he is now alone in his old age, and no one gives a damn about Ginger Baker, and his chronic pulmonary disease, because he never gave a damn about anyone but himself, and that includes his own family. How sad!

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