Ginger Baker: “Jack Bruce is a problem everywhere he goes”

Ginger Baker: “Jack Bruce is a problem everywhere he goes”

Ginger Baker has described his former Cream bandmate Jack Bruce as “a problem” in the latest issue of Uncut, out on Thursday (March 28).

Baker and Bruce take us through their two-year whirlwind, from forming the ‘supergroup’, to creating enduring classics such as “White Room” and “Sunshine Of Your Love” and touring the US, all while seemingly loathing each other from the start.

Asked whether it was a problem reuniting with Bruce in Cream after their stint together in The Graham Bond Organisation, Ginger Baker tells Uncut: “Jack’s a problem everywhere he goes. He still is.

“Liz, my wife at the time, convinced me to give Jack another chance, as it were. Something I still regret.”

Uncut’s piece on Cream also includes a look at the band’s songwriting collaborators, their 1968 Albert Hall farewell concerts and an eyewitness account from Melody Maker’s Chris Welch, who scooped the first news of Cream’s split.

We also talk to Ginger Baker about drumming, getting shot at in Nigeria and the new documentary about him, Beware Of Mr Baker.

The new issue of Uncut, dated May 2013, is out on Thursday (March 28).

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