Originally Posted by TheKindred
Yeah, total legend, he's said a lot of shit about his skill relative to John Bonham or Keith Moon that has rubbed people the wrong way, but even if it's immodest, he's right. Total monster on drums. He was one of the biggest cunts ever, but he was very upfront about it.
He was at the rare level of "massive cunt" where even all the obituaries running today in prominent rock magazines aren't whitewashing it or mentioning it towards the end. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/m...bulger-891804/
He can talk shit on metal all he wants. But he's in the running for most metal person to ever live.
It's sort of bizarre that Keith Moon and John Bonham have more of a reputation for being wildmen, and then Ginger Baker denigrates them for being primitive wildmen when he is the biggest wild man in the history of music.
The best parts in his documentary are when he's talking about going to Africa in the '70s and he's just like, casually mentioning that he had to fight off insurgents with machine guns, like that's a totally regular thing to do. That documentary is awesome, it's like "Ginger Baker beating the shit out of drums, Ginger Baker beating the shit out of drums, Ginger Baker doing ungodly amounts of drugs.....hold on, was that footage of Ginger Baker having a machine gun battle with African Insurgents?"
As miserable of a person as he was, it's hard to argue with how badass he was, no other rock star just randomly decided to open a top of the line studio in Africa at that time and face the associated dangers. He's in a league of his own as far as "trve hardcore dudes" go.