Graham Forbes loved to play guitar, whether it was with local rock groups in village halls or touring the big stages of the world with the Incredible String Band. But, like so many others, he enjoyed the lifestyle too much: the gigs, groupies and booze. At the age of 27, he found himself more than a little bewildered back in Glasgow, ears ringing, completely unemployable, with an empty bottle of tequila in one hand and a huge overdraft in the other. The party was over. Just when it looked like there could be only one outcome, Graham noticed there were hills nearby and decided to go for a walk. It began a journey that transformed him totally. It took him from poverty to building one of the most successful small companies in Scotland and bluffing his way onto the Board of Directors of a national public limited company, hoping that the next meeting wouldn't be in a hotel he had wrecked.
Rock and Roll Mountains weaves in and out of wild sex, drugs and rock tours to glowing sunsets on some of the most beautiful summits in the world There has never been another book like this about mountains and their power to heal, and how lessons learned clinging to frozen ice faces can be used in running a company and to win a battle against alcoholism. It is a book about extreme sport, fear and survival - but without the gung-ho heroics of mountaineering writers. It exposes the mountain mafia, the bearded fleece dwellers who are determined to keep the Scottish Highlands to themselves. It tells tales of crazy climbers, drunken dockers and mad musicians and shows how alike they are. This book is for anyone who loves the great music of the '70s - you can almost hear rock music explode from the pages - and for anyone, like Graham, who has looked in the mirror and faced failure. More importantly, it is very, very funny.
Graham Forbes was a member of the Incredible String Band, whose peak period was between 1967 and 1972. He now divides his time between Glasgow and Florida.