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About Ginger Baker


Known as "rock's first superstar drummer" for his work in the '60s and '70s with Cream, Ginger Baker stands as one of the most innovative percussionists of the 20th century. Combining African rhythms, jazz drumming, and an idiosyncratic kit setup, Baker's exhilarating playing has inspired a generation of drummers, elevating the instrument to a position of heightened importance in concert settings. As beloved for his colorful showmanship as he is for his virtuosic technique, Baker will let it all hang out on tour in 2014 in honor of his 75th birthday.


Born in South London, Baker gained notoriety drumming for the Graham Bond Organisation in the '60s before rising to international stardom later in the decade with Cream. After the group disbanded in 1968, Baker spent seven years living in Nigeria, collaborating with afrobeat legend Fela Kuti and recording and performing rock music as Baker Gurvitz Army. Over his long and storied career, he has recorded and performed with a staggering array of acts, including Blind Faith, Masters of Reality, and Public Image Ltd. In honor of his 75th birthday, Baker released A Drummers Tale in 2014, a career-spanning look back at his recording career that will be accompanied by several highly anticipated live appearances.