The Red Bulletin February/March 2020 (UK)

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EDITOR’S LETTER

THE POWER OF

VISUALISATION

We see things not as they are, but as we are. One

person may view the gym as an opportunity for

self-improvement, another as a place of personal

torture. For our cover star, Danny MacAskill, it’s

a biker’s playground (page 32). The Zeppelin is a

symbol of grand human vision and shortsighted

folly – for three skiers last year, it was just the

most awesome vehicle to ride to the summit of

an impossible mountain (page 50). Some might

view pirate radio (page 42) as a shady endeavour;

for others it’s a protest against the mundanity of

the mainstream, the freedom to bring together

underground music communities. Our ability to

redefine our reality allows ultrarunners to push

beyond their physical limits (page 58); it helped

mountaineer Joe Simpson crawl for four days

back to base camp when all was lost (page 26);

and for childhood war victims Emmanuel Jal

and Nyaruach (page 30) it let them see past hate

and violence to make music that spreads love.

CONTRIBUTORS

THIS ISSUE

JESS HOLLAND

The London-based writer

wrote two profiles for us this

month: on sibling musicians

who fled violence in South

Sudan (page 30), and on

Dolya Gavanski, a filmmaker

exploring her Soviet roots

(page 24). “These artists had

very different experiences,”

Holland says, “but they

shared a determination to

speak difficult truths in order

to move on from the past.”

RACHAEL SIGEE

A regular contributor to

The Red Bulletin, freelance

journalist Sigee got to talk

to cover star Danny MacAskill

about the inner machinations

of his mind. “Being in the

right headspace is crucial for

Danny,” she observes. “It’s

only when he’s on the bike, in

the moment, that he knows

whether or not he can execute

a trick. His videos are so fun

that it’s easy to forget how

skilled he is.” Page 32

Fred Murray photographed Danny MacAskill’s amazing tricks

for our cover story (page 32). But it wasn’t all smooth sailing.

FRED MURRAY (COVER)

04 THE RED BULLETIN

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