Mudcat Café message #1352752 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #76279   Message #1352752
Posted By: karen k
10-Dec-04 - 05:41 AM
Thread Name: Riding the freights
Subject: RE: Riding the freights
I've been going to festivals for 40 years and the best workshop I ever went to, bar none, was back in the early 80's. The festival was at Hampshire College in MA. The workshop was Utah Phillips talking about his experiences riding the rails. He mostly talked about the people he met and their stories. He talked about the whole system the hobo's had for passing information to each other, like how to know if a place was friendly or not, etc. I think maybe he sang 2 songs in the 2 1/2 workshop. It was fantastic. How I wish I'd had a tape recorder for that one. Thanks, Utah! Great thread. Now I've got to go look up Paul Durst. I know I read it once but I think I'll read it again.