BAKER is a big man with a big reputation
and a big dog. The latter beast prowls
protectively around his master's studio
in midtown Manhattan helping to establish
a sense of homeliness and comfortable
The compact kitchen
contains a well stocked fridge and across
the corridor is the work-out room, a
place sufficiently equipped with the
tools of fitness to pass as a small
budget gym. Somehow one can't imagine
Arthur's substantial frame doing a great
deal in there but it's a healthier style
than the more common pool table and video
Baker's name was elevated to the ranks of
in-demand producers following the success
of the twin Bambaataa monsters 'Planet
Rock' and 'Looking For The Perfect Beat'
plus the phenomenal Rockers Revenge's
'Walking On Sunshine'.
then his name's been stamped on a host of
projects. Most recently he's concluded
the two album soundtrack for the Harry
Belafonte film on the hip hop movement,
Beat Street. Arthur Baker grew up in
sleek. suburban Boston, listened to
English pop music and it wasn't until he
was holding down a record store job in
that town's black area that he became
meaningfully acquainted with black music.
became aware of Gamble And Huff, the
whole Philadelphia sound and the work
Norman Whitfield was doing with The
Temptations. It wasn't just party music
anymore. It had a message. That's how I
got into black music while my friends
were becoming hippies."
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