Legendary rock drummer Ginger Baker (Cream) is set to play again after surgery. Read more
In grumpy old drummer news, Ginger Baker thinks the Rolling Stones are not good musicians.
I mean Charlie is a great friend of mine. I think the world of Charlie. When I was living in the States, Charlie came to see me at my house and he said, “I’d give you some tickets but I know you would never go!” I won’t go within 10 miles of a Rolling Stones gig.
From Seattle Weekly:
“Cream was my thing… it did exactly what I told it to do. Only I lost out on it. I’m f—-ng broke right now.” Respectful and appreciative, Beware of Mr. Baker is, mercifully, never fawning-which cannot be said of the drummers who line up to pay their respects.
Note: there’s some language in the above trailer and the article.
Source: Harmony Central
To celebrate its 385th anniversary [ed: WOW!], Zildjian announced details of the Zildjian Drummers Achievement Awards which will take place for the first time in the UK at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on Sunday 7 December 2008. Honoured at the awards ceremony will be drumming legend Ginger Baker. The event will be very much a performance led night with Ginger Baker joined onstage by Cream sidekick Jack Bruce and African legend Tony Allen. Also in attendance will be some of the world’s greatest drummers including Simon Phillips, Steve White and Keith Carlock laying down a night of rock n roll beats and unforgettable riffs. More special guests are to be announced in the coming weeks and tickets will be made available to the public.
Cream bassist Jack Bruce has sparked rumours that the band may reunite this autumn for a special one off show in London.
In an interview with Billboard, Bruce said that he and Eric Clapton are expected to attend the Zildjian Awards at the Royal Festival Hall in October to see drummer Ginger Baker receive his Drummer Achievement honour.
“‘Cause I’m only the bass player, I can’t say for sure. I know there’s a good chance we may play at that event … but I don’t want to overstate it and make it into something it isn’t,”he said.
This presentation by Hotlicks is reminiscent of Frankenstein’s monster. The idea being to take the best sections of six different Hotlicks features and blend them together in one monster presentation. Most of the movies that are sampled in this video have a full length of about sixty minutes. While this movie itself is only 41 minuets long. My point being that you getting less by watching this then you would by watching one of the videos sampled in this feature.
Now to be fair, I’m pretty sure that about half of these videos aren’t in production anymore so this might be the only way you have to get a glimpse into what those videos contained. I’ve searched for the videos by Kenwood Denard, Tico Torres, and Tommy Aldridge but I can’t find them anywhere. If you were desperate to see these things, you might find one at a Goodwill somewhere in Nebraska in VHS format. Read more
The DVD is actually a re-released version of the original video that was on VHS, but it’s now armed with slow motion, looping, & chapter select features. Which means that it kicks the crap out of the VHS version.
Ginger Baker starts out the video with a bare bones minimum description of how to hold a drumstick and a woefully inadequate section on tuning the drums. It does get better from there, however. Baker’s approach to teaching is a lot like your standard drum teacher’s method. As soon as you can hold the sticks you move on to rudiments, the first two being the paradiddle and the mummy (it’s an english thing) daddy roll. Cool thing about this video is that whenever he does demonstrate a rudiment, the sticking appears on the screen. Nifty. After he demonstrates the basic rudiment he usually turns it into some form of a tom groove. Baker’s tom grooves are probably one of the most interesting parts of his playing and he does a great job of showing how he uses them in his playing. For example he plays a song called “Ants in the Kitchen” where the main groove is a paradiddle that has been shifted one sixteenth note. Instead of RLRR LRLL it’s RLLR LRRL. Read more
Vanderbilt University has a cool student article on the importance of drummers in rock history. Includes takes on John Bonham, Ginger Baker, Charlie Watts, and Keith Moon.
Imagine listening to a band live and what you remember hearing. Was it the shredding of your favorite electric guitarist? Was it the serene vocals of an idol of yours, American or otherwise? Maybe one of these was your answer. However, more people might admit that it was the drummer and his percussive elements connecting the rest of the band together. The drummer is the backbone of the band, yet seems to be constantly overshadowed by other band members like guitarists and singers. For many, if it were not for the drummer, the band would not have made music in the first place.