The Red Bulletin November 2019 (UK)

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EDITOR’S LETTER

PATH OF MOST

RESISTANCE

Whoever said “Good things come to those

who wait” hasn’t met the stars of this month’s

The Red Bulletin. There’s trail-riding superstar

Danny MacAskill (page 56), who, a decade ago,

worked in an Edinburgh bike shop and dreamt

of making a huge gap jump onto the roof of the

store next door. Two years earlier, Anna von

Boetticher (page 30) tried diving without an air

tank. Today, she’s our cover star, freediving

beneath icebergs. Strongman Mike McCastle

(page 40) reprogrammed his own survival

mechanism to motivate himself to help others.

Japanese band DYGL (page 48) wanted to emulate

their western idols; in the process they’ve found

themselves at war with the hypocrisy of their

homeland’s music industry. Meanwhile, Michael

Kiwanuka (page 26) kickstarted his music career

by walking out on Kanye, and actor Linda

Hamilton (page 24) is battling Terminators and

Hollywood ageism at a youthful 63 years old.

CONTRIBUTORS

THIS ISSUE

MAUREEN O’HAGAN

The Pulitzer Prize-nominated

journalist has met many

surprising characters in her

career, but none quite like

strongman Mike McCastle.

“Before I sat down with Mike,

I had a picture in my mind that

turned out to be completely

wrong,” she says. “I don’t

think I’ve met someone so

different from what his list

of achievements would

suggest.” Page 40

STUART KENNY

For the Edinburgh-based

writer, interviewing

Danny MacAskill was an

achievement unlocked. “I’ve

been a follower since 2009,

watching him ride his bike

along railings in The Meadows

without impaling himself,” he

says. “Ten years later, it was a

few hundred yards from that

railing that we chatted. They

say don’t meet your heroes,

but if that hero is Danny,

you’re safe.” Page 56

For photographer Tobias Friedrich, shooting in Greenland’s

fjords wasn’t easy: “It was -2°C, so Anna [von Boetticher] only

had 15-20 minutes in such an extreme environment.” Page 30

TOBIAS FRIEDRICH (COVER)

04 THE RED BULLETIN

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