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R.I.P. Ginger Baker

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Ginger Baker, one of the most innovative and influential drummers in rock music, has died at the age of 80.

A co-founder of Cream, he also played with Blind Faith, Hawkwind and Fela Kuti in a long and varied career.

His style combined the lyricism of jazz with the crude power of rock. One critic said watching him was like witnessing "a human combine harvester".

But he was also a temperamental and argumentative figure, whose behaviour frequently led to on-stage punch-ups.

It's when I read that musicians who I regularly listen to have died AGED 80+ that I realise I am no spring chicken myself.


I was never really into Cream, they were a bit before my time.  But yes, it's frightening to think that in 15 years, if I'm lucky, I'll be 70.

Your just a child Simon.

On saying that a bloke I have known since he was 16 and he is now 61 is in hospital and if he comes out (unlikely) he will end up in a nursing home such is the curse of drinking wine each and every day.

Thankfully you don't do that Simon.   :o:


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