Banana Lounge Broadcasting: the Lowdown on America’s Hobo Culture
Long before captain of the football team Chad ‘Tall Can’ Kingsley was getting an ‘S’ stitched onto his varsity jacket, a very different subculture was growing across post-Civil War America. On the Fly is the new book by Australian writer Iain McIntyre. It’s a collection of hobo literature, songs and poems from 1879 to 1941, a time when these working travellers were train-hopping across America’s vast railroads in search of work and adventure. ‘Being a hobo was an alternative for drudgery on the factory floor,’ says Iain. In 2018, when hours are getting longer, wages are stagnating and the gap between rich and poor grows every day, Iain’s collection is more relevant than ever.