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    Eric Clapton's Racist Quote?

    He's always been one of my favourite guitarists and I knew he'd been involved in some "racist" controversy some years ago but I've only just taken the trouble to find out exactly what he said. Here is the Wikipedia version ...

    "I used to be into dope, now I’m into racism. It’s much heavier, man. Fucking wogs, man. Fucking Saudis taking over London. Bastard wogs. Britain is becoming overcrowded and Enoch will stop it and send them all back. The black wogs and coons and Arabs and fucking Jamaicans and fucking (indecipherable) don’t belong here, we don’t want them here. This is England, this is a white country, we don’t want any black wogs and coons living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome. England is for white people, man. We are a white country. I don’t want fucking wogs living next to me with their standards. This is Great Britain, a white country, what is happening to us, for fuck's sake? We need to vote for Enoch Powell, he’s a great man, speaking truth. Vote for Enoch, he’s our man, he’s on our side, he’ll look after us. I want all of you here to vote for Enoch, support him, he’s on our side. Enoch for Prime Minister! Throw the wogs out! Keep Britain white!"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Godwinson View Post
    He's always been one of my favourite guitarists and I knew he'd been involved in some "racist" controversy some years ago but I've only just taken the trouble to find out exactly what he said. Here is the Wikipedia version ...

    "I used to be into dope, now I’m into racism. It’s much heavier, man. Fucking wogs, man. Fucking Saudis taking over London. Bastard wogs. Britain is becoming overcrowded and Enoch will stop it and send them all back. The black wogs and coons and Arabs and fucking Jamaicans and fucking (indecipherable) don’t belong here, we don’t want them here. This is England, this is a white country, we don’t want any black wogs and coons living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome. England is for white people, man. We are a white country. I don’t want fucking wogs living next to me with their standards. This is Great Britain, a white country, what is happening to us, for fuck's sake? We need to vote for Enoch Powell, he’s a great man, speaking truth. Vote for Enoch, he’s our man, he’s on our side, he’ll look after us. I want all of you here to vote for Enoch, support him, he’s on our side. Enoch for Prime Minister! Throw the wogs out! Keep Britain white!"

    Do you know what his current views are?

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    Apparently they're still pretty similar but he doesn't express them so publicly nowadays.

    I also gather from the same Wiki article that he reaffirmed his support for Enoch Powell as late as 2007 so he's certainly stuck to his guns on that one - credit to him!

    He denies being a "racist" though because of all the black influence there is in his music; he just doesn't want so many of them in the UK!

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    Ginger Baker, drummer with Cream, has died, aged 80


    Ginger Baker, the acclaimed drummer with the super-group Cream, which featured Eric Clapton on guitar and the late Jack Bruce on bass, has died at the age of 80.



    Ginger Baker's family had revealed in recent days that the musician was seriously ill and had asked fans to "please keep him in your prayers". Baker's Facebook page said he "passed away peacefully" this morning, Sunday.

    In 2013, Baker revealed that he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caused by smoking. He also suffered from chronic back pain as a result of degenerative osteoarthritis.


    In July 2016, he had open-heart surgery following what was described as a "major" heart problem. He had fallen at his home some months earlier, which obliged him to cancel shows with his band Air Force 3.

    A rumbustious, edgy character, Baker combined a delicate jazz sensibility when required, with a core blues instinct instilled from his early days on the discerning London scene. The drummer co-founded Cream in 1966 with Clapton and Bruce, both of whom handled lead vocals on alternate songs.

    The unit, famous for long bluesy solos - disavowed later by Clapton who recalled long performances of songs with some distaste - recorded four albums before calling it a day in 1968. The trio sold in excess of 15 million records globally and their enduring hits were Sunshine of Your Love, Strange Brew and White Room. Three of the albums made both the US and UK top five.

    The late Rory Gallagher, guitarist and blues-man toured the USA with Cream as a member of Taste. Dónal, Rory's only sibling, and Taste's road manager at the time, has frequently recalled that legendary roller-coaster bus tour across the USA in the company of the blues-rock giants, as they played a string of concerts together.

    Thereafter, Baker formed the band Blind Faith, which featured Clapton, Steve Winwood and Rick Grech. Baker. The quintessential London geezer was forever lauded afterwards by Clapton, as a genius of drumming, whatever about Cream's on-stage longeurs towards the end of the the band's existence. Baker also played with Hawkwind and Fela Kuti, following Blind Faith's brief candle-flame.

    In 1993, Cream were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the band performed a short set , including Sunshine of Your Love, Crossroads and Born Under a Bad Sign.

    Clapton, despite his misgivings, was the key to reunions and particularly the four dates the band played at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2005, which sold out in an hour. "I missed them, and I had missed them for a long time, " the guitarist declared. " And I kind of realized, deep down, that as much as they might want to get together again that it was really my call — because I had walked from it." The Albert Hall performances led to a subsequent CD/DVD release, treasured by Cream's myriad fans.

    Baker, a charismatic, loquacious figure was born in 1939 in Lewisham, South London. He grew up with trauma, in effect, with the shapeless sounds and sights of the Blitz. The loss of his father who was killed in action in 1943 affected him deeply. In the fascinating documentary about his life, Beware of Mr Baker, the musician recalled how he never saw his dad alive again after bidding him farewell at a London train station.


    Baker, who played a Belfast gig in 2014, began drumming as a teenager. Today's Observer quotes remarks from a 2009 interview. "I'd never sat behind a kit before, but I sat down – and I could play! One of the musicians turned round and said, 'Bloody hell, we’ve got a drummer’, and I thought, ‘Bloody hell, I’m a drummer!’"

    Ginger Baker, drummer with Cream, has died, aged 80



    Tributes paid to iconic Cream musician, Ginger Baker - rte.ie

    06 X 2019.


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    That's sad, but a lot of those aging rockers from the 70's could be dropping like skittles over the next few years as Father Time catches up with them

    I'm sure I saw the Baker Gurvitz Army somewhere, possibly as a support group, but can no longer recall the exact venue

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