Attack and Beware
Adult Swim Toonami will be airing a block of Attack on Titan, episodes 1 - 12 coming August 30th, Labor Day Weekend. I'll be setting my VCR for that. In a lot of ways, the series reminds me of The Walking Dead, though the zombies are giants. But I find it interesting enough so far, and I missed many of the previous episodes setting up the series, so it will be fun to watch. This past weekend they also premiered the first of a new series called Gurren Lagann, which was also fairly interesting. I guess I'm getting a better feel for some of this newer anime.
I became aware of Ginger Baker from his short stint as rock drummer (a signifier he hates) so I better just say musician, in the British band, Cream. He'd been in some other British band before that, but that's when I first became aware of him, like a lot of the youth of the 60's. After that he played in Blind Faith, and that quickly faded away, although, being a member of the Columbia Record Club or some other record club back in the day, they spotlight a new band he was in called Air Force. I eventually acquired their first two-record effort interested in what it might be like.
At any rate the movie, Beware Mr. Baker, is worth watching if you are inclined toward rock documentaries, music, or the 60's era. There are many different interviews with other musicians from that era as well like Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Denny Laine, Steve Winwood, and so forth. I think part of Ginger's attitude comes from his past, and his lifelong struggle with heroin addiction. He didn't have a father figure growing up and I'm very grateful to my father's guiding hand and presence throughout my life. I can see where that absence might be a detriment to a young person growing up and not having it. A father's guidance can be invaluable, generally speaking, or was for me.
Parts of the documentary where he appears angry and confrontational, actually, I found amusing, I don't know why. He certainly doesn't try to whitewash any of his past, which isn't exactly a model of self discipline or sterling goodness. But I'll admit he's a good drummer, and the movie was interesting to watch.