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2014

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Jack Bruce 50th Birthday Concerts Set for Release

November 12, 2014

In 1993, Jack Bruce celebrated his 50th birthday with an two-day all-star concert featuring Simon Phillips and former Cream bandmate Ginger Baker (both on drums), Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell and guitarists Gary Moore and Clem...

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Eric Clapton Shares Musical Jack Bruce Tribute

October 28, 2014

Following the death of bassist Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton has shared an instrumental ballad called "For Jack" that he recorded in tribute to his former Cream bandmate. The sweet, reflective two-and-a-half minute instrumental finds Clapton...

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Remembering Jack Bruce, One of Rock's Modern Architects

October 27, 2014

Eric Clapton never forgot the very first time he played with Jack Bruce. It was early 1966 and the 22-year-old bassist had just taken over for John McVie in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. "My life was never the same again," Clapton wrote in the intro...

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Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead at 71

October 25, 2014

Jack Bruce, the singer and bassist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Cream, has passed away, his family confirmed the musician's passing on his Facebook page. He was 71. "It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the...

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Eric Clapton: Jack Bruce 'A Tremendous Inspiration to Me'

October 26, 2014

Following the news of Cream bassist Jack Bruce's death at the age of 71, countless tributes have poured in for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, including remembrances from his former band mates like Eric Clapton. "He was a great musician and...

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10 'Farewell' Tours That Didn't Stick

September 5, 2014

When Mötley Crüe raised the idea of a farewell tour, the band was stunned by their booking agents' reaction. "They said to us, 'This is a good marketing thing,'" says bassist Nikki Sixx. "It really bummed us out." It's hard to fault the Crüe...

2013

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Q&A: Ginger Baker on Why 'the Rolling Stones Are Not Good Musicians'

October 11, 2013

Former Cream drummer Ginger Baker's life has changed since he starred in the 2012 documentary Beware of Mr. Baker. He moved to England with his wife and teenage daughter after decades of living on a South African polo ranch with 38 horses. He also formed...

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Ginger Baker Demolishes the Drums

January 8, 2013

The new documentary Beware of Mr. Baker tracks drummer Ginger Baker's soaring highs and debilitating lows, both onstage and off. However, throughout his turbulent life and career, one thing has remained undeniable: the greatness of his drumming. "Before...

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Watch: Eric Clapton Talks Hendrix, Cream and Guitars at Home

February 5, 2013

Eric Clapton doesn't sit for interviews too often, but he invited a camera crew to his London home to talk about guitars and test some out. The interview was for the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Collection, with the guitarist teaming up with Guitar...

2012

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The Genius and Terror of Drummer Ginger Baker

December 4, 2012

The second-best rock documentary of the year, after the poignant comeback story Searching for Sugar Man, is that film's wild opposite: a stranger-than-fiction portrait of the heroically talented, thoroughly misanthropic drummer Ginger Baker. Beware of...

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Supergroup Songs to Celebrate 'The Avengers'

May 4, 2012

It's opening day of sure-to-be-blockbuster film The Avengers, which brings together Marvel's mightiest heroes including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and the Hulk to save the world. Each of these heroes begins with their own history...

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Flashback: Cream Reunite in 2005

November 13, 2012

For many years Cream seemed like one of those bands that would never, ever get back together. They burned bright during their brief two-year run from 1966 to 1968, releasing four albums, touring constantly and influencing countless bands that followed...

2011

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This Week in Rock History: Cream Breaks Up, Madonna Nude Pics Surface

July 11, 2011

This week in rock history, Eric Clapton announced the end of Cream, Smokey Robinson left the Miracles, Chuck Berry went to jail, Live Aid raised millions for Africa and nude photos of Madonna surfaced in the media. July 10, 1968 – Eric Clapton...

2010

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Eric Clapton to Sell 70 Guitars From His Collection

December 9, 2010

Eric Clapton is auctioning off 70 guitars from his formidable collection to raise money for his Antigua drug and alcohol rehabilitation center Crossroads. Among the items at the sale — which will also include amplifiers and will take place...

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Jack Bruce Squashes Hope for Supergroup's Return: "Cream Is Over"

April 12, 2010

If you missed Cream's epic reunion shows in 2005, bassist Jack Bruce is the bearer of some bad news. "There's a new story now — Cream is over," Bruce told BBC 6Music, effectively crushing any hope of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame trio reuniting...

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Santana Plays Woodstock for First Time Since '69

July 19, 2010

Halfway through his show Saturday night in Bethel, New York, Carlos Santana paused to reminisce in front of 15,000 fans. "Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Sly Stone," he said. "All of us who were here remember the magic. Only love can conquer hate. This is...

2009

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The Devil and Ginger Baker

August 20, 2009

"Fuckin' hell!" Ginger Baker shouts at the South African sunrise. His ritual morning curse complete, the 69-year-old drummer for Cream takes a deep pull on his morphine inhaler and throws his body back into the leather recliner where he spends the majority...

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The Devil and Ginger Baker: The Story Behind Our New Feature

August 12, 2009

Around a year and a half ago, Brooklyn writer Jay Bulger grew obsessed with making a documentary about one of the greatest — and crankiest — drummers to ever walk the earth, Ginger Baker. He moved to Africa and located the onetime member of...

2008

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Cream's Jack Bruce Starts Feud With Led Zeppelin 35 Years Too Late

November 5, 2008

Jack Bruce of Cream recently unleashed some harsh words about Led Zeppelin, airing some grievances to the press at a recent award ceremony by saying "Fuck off, Zeppelin, you're crap." "Everybody talks about Led Zeppelin, and they played one fucking gig...

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Fricke's Picks: The Cream of Bruce

September 16, 2008

Jack Bruce was a superstar for just two years — as one-third of Cream, with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker — from the summer of 1966 until the fall of 1968. But as a solo artist, collaborator and pillar of every rhythm section he has...

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