Tuesday, November 27, 2012

John Redhead... Still alive and back in the Guerilla Groove

John Redhead and friends doing a guerrilla book promo

Wandering down from the crag at the weekend and a friend casually mentioned 'I see JR is dead'...Christ!...nobody told me!!! I couldn't believe that the demise of an iconic member of our Welsh climbing community should be related in such a casual and matter of fact way. A mere throwaway afterthought. How did that happen?

One too many of Pete's Eats bacon butties maybe? I imagined him, toning down the rose madder with a touch of titanium white; suddenly clutching his chest, eyes in a shocked stare before crashing into his easel and sending a fresh canvas somersaulting across the room. 'He died still holding his best hogs hair brush' they said. Or perhaps a French hunter mistook him for a rampaging wild boar and gave him both barrels??

Then the penny dropped.They were talking about Larry Hagman, not the climbing artist we refer to as 'JR'. Confirmation of John Redhead's well-being arrived next day in the form of an email informing me he was back in a flooded 'Beris' and looking to restart his guerrilla book signings. For those out of the loop, this is where the author arrives in a lay-by in a friends burger van and sells signed copies of his latest work-Colonists Out- before moving on. Extracts of the book have exclusively featured on Footless Crow over the last 18 months and I've been delighted to offer what support and publicity I can to support the starving artist and his extensive clan.

Look out for a review of said book by Brian Trevelyan in the next few weeks.

In the mean time,let's hope we get a break from the monsoon rains we've been having here. There's not going to be too many people out and about in North Wales at the moment, so would be purchasers of CO are going to be thin on the ground.For those who wish to investigate further,copies of Colonists Out are available direct from the author himself at John Redhead/Books


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