Finding Ginger Baker: First-time filmmaker Jay Bulger traces his journey into the heart of rock & roll darkness
"He's the master timekeeper, and original rock & roll junkie, superstar, lunatic," Jay Bulger said of Ginger Baker, the subject of his debut documentary, Beware of Mr. Baker, showing this week at Film Forum. "He was living at the end of the world, he was a little bored, he wanted to tell his story, and I happened to be the person who showed up and convinced him to tell it. And it wasn't that easy. He's a really, really, really difficult person to work with, and I'm not special in any means, I just happen to be kind of preconditioned to this type of person. It was like sitting there with my grandfather; his grumpiness, his cantankerousness, I related to it and I'm really attracted to it."