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Warts & All, however...
on 29 September 2009
This is a great read and tells it as it was for Ginger Baker, however, it must be read with some caution. The long running animosity that he feels for Jack Bruce requires to be taken into consideration. He has often gone on & on & on..... about how he hated the Bruce/Brown writing partnership, but this seems a little like sour grapes to me. Pete Brown was originally brought in as Baker's intended writing partner but it did not take off. The reason why there were so many Bruce/Brown songs on the Cream albums and not many Baker song is because they wrote a lot and he did not. I have never seen any examples of piles of fine Ginger Baker songs that were inexplicably left off any of the Cream albums. Indeed Pete Brown, in a letter to the Mojo Magazine 197, defends himeself against the accusation, made by Ginger Baker, that he somehow stole royalities. He makes a pretty convincing argument that the Bruce/Brown writing partnership was central to the success of Cream and that Ginger has in fact been made considerably richer, particularly through the recent Reunion. He also states that had anyone suggested a four-way split of royalties for the Cream songs at the time he would have agreed to it.
Having said all that I must say again that this is a fine book and I would recommend it