Ginger Baker Took A Detour To Rock Stardom
Baker tells the Calgary Herald: "I was obsessed with the idea of being a cyclist when I was a kid, and I rode everywhere. One day I had a smash-up and the bike was a write-off.
"I had to earn some money, and this mate of mine said, 'Why don't you play drums?' It's funny – they all knew I was a drummer, and I didn't. I was always beating rhythms when I went to jazz gigs, which I did a lot. Anyway, I went along, they sat me down at the kit, and I just did it."
He remembers his mum wouldn't buy him any drums, so he was forced to improvise when he went for an audition. "I bought a toy drum kit and sort of worked on it," he explains. "I cut up my tent to put a front head on the bass drum, added a biscuit tin to one of the tom-toms, and took this kit with me to Leytonstone, and got the gig. more on this story