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Considered one of the greatest drummers of all time, Ginger Baker played with the bands Cream and Blind Faith. He is known for using two bass drums in his kit.
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He had little success in the industry, but he married for the third time. His stint in L.A. was short-lived; after he settled a lawsuit with his recording company over royalties, he moved to Colorado in 1993 to raise polo ponies, the same year that he and his Cream bandmates were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Friends called Baker's work with polo ponies his "new expensive habit," and he soon found himself broke again. When he encountered problems with the IRS in the late 1990s,
he sold his ranch and moved to South Africa, ultimately settling in the wine country of Tulbagh.
In 2009, Baker published his autobiography, Ginger Baker: Hellraiser, which he called an attempt to set the record straight. In it, he also announced that he has a degenerative spine condition and emphysema. The following year, he married Kudzai Machokoto, a Zimbabwean woman 42 years his junior, who had been helping to take care of him.
A documentary about Baker's life, Beware of Mr. Baker, debuted at South by Southwest in 2012.
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