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Ginger Baker is without question one of the foremost drummers of his generation having been part of seminal bands like Cream and Blind Faith. In the early 1990s Geoffrey Giuliano received an unsolicited call from Mr. Baker asking if he would be interested in writing his autobiography. From there a turbulent, yet fruitful relationship ensued between the two men. While the book has yet to be published here at last are the in-depth, upfront and personal conversations the two unlikely friends recorded together in an upstate New York studio all those years ago. For everyone interested in the history and cultural significance of the popular music of the 20th century this series is a must have audio event.

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation with Ginger Baker #1

Episode 1: Ginger discuses his early passion for music and how he came to first play drums and smoke dope.

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation with Ginger Baker #2

Episode 2: Ginger discuses his early days on the road in Britain as an up and co I go young drummer and a bucket of burning socks!

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation with Ginger Baker #3

Episode 3: Musical nirvana at the hook of Holland. Heroin tales. Touring Europe with Graham Bond and Jack Bruce.

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation with Ginger Baker #4

Episode 4: Welcome Jack Bruce, death by drugs, memories of Cream.

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation with Ginger Baker #5

Episode 5: Ginger turns on to heroin and the burgeoning British music scene of which he soon became an integral part. For the hard-working drummer stardom was on the horizon.

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation with Ginger Baker #6

Episode 6: 1964-65. Ginger first works with Jack Bruce and the tricky Graham Bond as well as becoming a full on junkie. Gigging with The Graham Bond Organization at fifty quid a week. Remembrances of Alexis Korner, cold turkey in Leeds, Robert Stigwood and the formation of Cream.

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation with Ginger Baker #7

Episode 7: Ginger remembers an eventful LSD trip at 10 below zero as well as the entrance into his life of one Robert Stigwood. Further adventures with Jack Bruce.

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation with Ginger Baker #8

Episode 8: Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker – the great Cream is born!

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation with Ginger Baker #9

Episode 9: Cream explodes. Weaning himself off of heroin. A nasty car crash at the end of his Graham Bond days. Yet another car crash with Cream. Recording Fresh Cream in ten days. Ginger doesn’t like Geoffrey’s donuts. The artistry of Cream.

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation with Ginger Baker #10

Episode 10: Cream’s first album and manager Robert Stigwood, the bands first live gig, the genesis of Ginger’s violent reputation, rowdy audiences, naughty bouncers, jamming with Jimi, a Cream track by track.

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation with Ginger Baker #11

Episode 11: Highlights include Ginger talking about the Cream songs Sweet Wine, NSU, Four Til Late, Blue Condition, Dreaming and the iconic, Sunshine Of Your Love. Also discussed is a near-fatal heroin overdose he experienced as well as the details of a harrowing 1967 love triangle. How Disraeli became gear. Remembering the exotic Dutch design team The Fool and their work for Cream. Gigging on acid in Scotland.

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation with Ginger Baker #12

Episode 12: Ginger’s drug of choice. The Wheels Of Fire LP cover. Cream is number one. Tasty birds. Linda McCartney. Cream track by track: White Room, Pressed Rat And Warthog, Born Under A Bad Sign and Politician. The Cream rises to the top. Ginger’s stash of memorabilia. Enter the tax man. On Brian Epstein. Robert Stigwood tottering on the brink of bankruptcy.

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation with Ginger Baker #13

Episode 13: On Hendrix jamming with Cream. Eric is a better player than Jimi. A Hendrix orgy. Enter the Plaster Casters. Ginger does three young ladies. Women literally line up around the block to sleep with Cream. Ginger gets the clap. Baker confront an angry dad. Meeting Zappa. Walking through plate glass while Eric sets fire to his room. Thrown out of Clapton’s house. The Blind Faith tour.

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation with Ginger Baker #14

Episode 14: On the end of Cream. Working with George Harrison and Billy Preston at Apple. A rock star’s heroin habit. The Goodbye Cream LP. An encounter with the LAPD. The Blind Faith tour.

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation with Ginger Baker #15

Episode 15: Racy heroin tales in Utah. Touring America with Blind Faith. Eric’s infatuation with Delaney and Bonnie. Scoring coke in the Motor City in the shadow of the sheriffs department. Speeding in Michigan. Ginger’s kids almost drown. Baker flies his car from London to Hawaii – because he can. Smuggling ganja in wooden carvings. The end of Blind Faith. Speeding in a parking lot.

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation with Ginger Baker #16

Episode 16: Ribald tales of Ginger Bakers Air Force. Playing soccer with Rod Stewart and Robert Stigwood.  Eric Clapton’s wedding party and a one off concert by Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Ginger. The very tragic death of Conor Clapton.

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation with Ginger Baker #17

Episode 17: Ginger remembers The Who and his relationship with Pete Townshend’s father Cliff. Recalling Pete and Keith Moon. Ginger traffics in serious drugs. Baker almost joins The Who upon Moonies death. Meeting old Bill Ludwig. The wonderful Vivian Stanshall. Ginger on Led Zeppelin and the savage heroin habit of Jimmy Page. Meeting Eric Clapton. Author Giuliano remembers Ginger Baker.

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation Best Of Ginger Baker #1

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation Best Of Ginger Baker #2

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Geoffrey Giuliano In Conversation with Ginger Baker & Jack Bruce

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