BY Beth Comery
The Providence premiere of “Beware of Mr. Baker” the no-holds-barred portrait of the man referred to as rock’s first great drummer (Cream, Blind Faith) starts tonight at the Cable Car. A New York Times critics’ pick, reviewer A.O. Scott opens,
Right at the beginning of the new documentarythe film’s director, Jay Bulger, is attacked by his subject, the rock drummer Ginger Baker. Not verbally attacked, mind you — though there will be plenty of that — but physically, with a metal cane that draws blood when applied to the bridge of the filmmaker’s nose.
Follow Mr. Baker’s journey from crazy, drug-addled, young coot to crazy, drug-addled old coot (he’s 73). Animated sequences are intercut with interviews of: Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, Mickey Hart, Carlos Santana, Max Weinberg, Chad Smith, Femi Kuti, Neal Peart, Stewart Copeland, John Lydon, and Lars Ulrich. (Keith Moon and John Bonham refused to participate . . . still very cross they couldn’t outlive this guy.)
Baker agrees, “I wasn’t planning on living this long!”
Runs 92 minutes/through January 31st/Grand Jury Award at 2012 SXSW.
Opens 9:30pm, Friday, January 25, Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main Street