Ginger Baker’s son details physical and verbal abuse
Ginger Baker’s son really hates his father.
Speaking in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Baker’s son Kofi explained how he and his sisters are no longer in contact with the former Cream drummer and detailed their distant relationship.
“If I didn’t get something right immediately he’d shout and swear at me and smack me around a little bit. I was only there for about three months, so I had to get a crash course,” Kofi said.
“I didn’t really care,” he continues. “It’s never really bothered me because my dad is such an asshole anyway that it’s not like I was stressed about making him proud or anything. So, no, it wasn’t really stressful.
“Well, I didn’t really know him,” Kofi recalls. “It wasn’t an issue. I just played drums and stayed alive. It didn’t really dawn on me until I was a bit older what an asshole (he was) and what he’d done.”
“I’d think: He had all this money! Once he did that 2005 reunion and made a whole bunch of money again I was like, wow, he’s made five million dollars. Things are going to change now. I said: Dad, why don’t you buy property with this money? The best thing you can do is buy real estate and I’ll rent it from you. That way I’ll pay money to you rather than someone I don’t know. And he was like: Fuck off, no. I’m buying my horses.”
“That’s when I realized this guy doesn’t give a shit,” he says. That was when I realized he doesn’t really care. None of us are speaking to him, me or (my sisters) Nettie and Leda. It’s kind of a shame. I emailed him a couple of days ago to just say, “Dad, what the hell? Why don’t you support me or say something nice?” No response. I just thought I’d try one more time. He’s getting old.”