Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Thank You, Ginger Baker: Cream Drummer Dies At Age 80, Haunted Our Dreams from “Sunshine of Your Love” to Even “Band on the Run”


Ginger Baker, who died today at age 80, has a long, important resume. But it’s his work with Cream that has haunted me since the age of 12. “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Badge,” there’s nothing else like those magnificent drums. His work lives in the soul, and now it outlives him. Rest in peace.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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