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Lil Jay Litzner was a freight-train hopping musician, Woody Guthrie style. Jay traveled with his wife Rosie, singing his songs, helping clean up post-Katrina New Orleans, fighting for freedom from labor and political oppression, fighting a drug addiction, and making friends across the country. In 2006, while on his way to California for the winter, Jay fell to his death from a freight train. His friends made their way to his home town of Detroit for his memorial service, and they brought stories of their adventures with Jay, stories of what his friendship meant, and stories of what his loss meant. These stories are compiled in his biography, Railroad Man, The Legend of Lil Jay.
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For the last two years of his life Jay was a frequent visitor at the home of author Tina Wald in Metro Detroit. After his death, Wald set aside all other projects to concentrate on making his biography a fitting tribute to the life of an unusual man. She is a former newspaper columnist and founder of the Sansland Group (SLG), a collective of writers, translators, editors and web designers.Review:
Railroad Man, The Legend of Lil Jay is a fascinating tribute to the meaning of freedom and what is really important in life. This adventure tale offers a fresh look at social anarchy and activism in practice in the modern world. It explores the journey of a young man determined to live beyond the confines of normal social convention; and the freedom he discovered has the power to profoundly change us all. --Matt Bean Bahena, Former Rail Yard Manager
Railroad Man is an excellent book about modern day hobos. It introduces the reader to parts of America most people never see and rarely hear about. The book encompasses the dark and bright side of being homeless by choice in order to live free, addiction to drugs and excessive drinking, personal battles to overcome addiction to drugs, true friendships, poetry, music, endless traveling and last but not least, real love. Railroad Man will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it will make you love Lil Jay. --Connecticut Shorty, Former National Hobo Queen, Author and Railrider
Had Lil Jay been around when I was his age, he d of been an Outlaw, a Longhair, and no doubt standing beside me at Kennedy Square in Detroit, mixing it up with riot police in a Viet Nam war protest. Today, despite our difference in age, I ve no doubt he and I could have found common ground for conversation into the wee hours of many a night. They say the good die young. In Lil Jay s case, that cliché is way too sadly true. --EJ Knapp, author of Stealing The Marbles
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Book Description Pelrin, 2011. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1936838001
Book Description Pelrin, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111936838001