Denver Direct: May 2008

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Expect to Be Arrested at the DNC…

if you try to sleep in our parks, or even sit in them after 11:00 pm. City Attorney Mumbler (below) says “they’ll be in violation of the law”, and out here that means going to jail. Maybe they will take you to a temporary detention center in a large field with tents and cots and porta-potties. But don’t count on it.

Councilperson Charlie Brown discusses sleepovers with City Attorney at City Council Committee meeting in January, 2008

Hey, its only 3 or 4 days. You can stay up all night and roam the streets. There will be plenty to do. It’ll be like a gigantic street party.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Ginger Baker Exclusive - Parker, Colorado, circa 1997

This story starts in 1967, when the rock group Cream played The Electric Factory in Philadelphia. I was there, having my hearing permanently damaged by Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton, and Jack Bruce. My right ear will never forget. Coffin-like boxes surrounded the floor, leaning up against the wall, so patrons could lie back and enjoy the show. What a trip!

Fast forward to 1995, when my best friend Clark Burch, aging bass player and neophyte videographer, learned that Ginger Baker was living in Parker, Colorado, playing polo on a regular basis, and performing on the drums after each game. There is a lot more to the whole story, but I'll save that for my memoirs.

If you like drums, drums, and more drums, check out this video, never before released. Ginger is performing with his son Kofi.

I am pretty sure Baker had to leave the US after a dustup with the INS. Feel free to comment if you have additional information.