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Iain McIntyre is a Melbourne-based author, musician and community radio broadcaster who has written a variety of books on activism, history and music. Recent publications include Wild About You: The Sixties Beat Explosion in Australia and New Zealand, and Tomorrow Is Today: Australia In The Psychedelic Era, 1966-70.

Since 2011 McIntyre has co-curated the Australian Museum of Squatting on-line archive which collects together radical photos, articles, stories and ephemera related to squatting movements. 2012 saw Ledatape publish McIntyre’s Sticking It To The Man: Pop, Protest and Black Fiction of the Counterculture, a collection of book jackets and reviews of novels published between 1964 and 1975. In the same year McIntyre helped compile the Down Under Nuggets: Original Australian Artyfacts 1965-1967 CD compilation with David Laing and Ian Marks.

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On the Fly! Hobo Literature and Songs, 1879–1941
Editor: Iain McIntyre
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-62963-518-7
Published: 07/01/2018
Format: Paperback
Size: 9x6
Page count: 544
Subjects: Literature/U.S. History-20th Century

From the 1870s until the Second World War, millions of Americans left their homes to board freight trains that would carry them vast distances, sometimes to waiting work, often to points unknown. Congregating in skid rows, socializing around campfires, and bringing in the nation’s crops, these drifters were set apart from conformist America by a lifestyle possessing its own haunts, vocabulary, and cultural, sexual, and ethical standards. Alternately derided and lionized for their footloose ways and nonconformity, hoboes played a crucial and largely neglected role in the creation of not only America’s infrastructure, industry, and agriculture but also its culture, politics, and music.

The first anthology of its kind, On the Fly! brings forth the lost voices of Hobohemia. Dozens of stories, poems, songs, stories, and articles produced by hoboes are brought together to create an insider history of the subculture’s rise and fall. Adrenaline-charged tales of train hopping, scams, and political agitation are combined with humorous and satirical songs, razor sharp reportage and unique insights into the lives of the women and men who crisscrossed America in search of survival and adventure.

From iconic figures such as labor martyr Joe Hill and socialist novelist Jack London through to pioneering blues and country musicians, and little known correspondents for the likes of the Hobo News, the authors and songwriters contained in On the Fly! run the full gamut of Hobohemia’s wide cultural and geographical embrace. With little of the original memoirs, literature, and verse remaining in print, this collection, aided by a glossary of hobo vernacular and numerous illustrations and photos, provides a comprehensive and entertaining guide to the life and times of a uniquely American icon. Read on to enter a world where hoboes, tramps, radicals, and bums gather in jungles, flop houses, and boxcars; where gandy dancers, bindlestiffs, and timber beasts roam the rails once more.


“This book is a tantalizing boxcar ride back through the history of the hobo, all told from the hobo’s point of view. What more could anyone ask?”
—Paul Garon, coeditor of What’s the Use of Walking When There’s a Freight Train Going Your Way: Black Hoboes and Their Songs and author of Blues and the Poetic Spirit

On the Fly! gathers and reassembles forgotten fragments of a lost counterculture that was once so vast it practically defined the working-class experience in the United States. Its call was so alluring to young men of all classes that the hobo became the most commonly depicted character in American popular culture between 1900 and 1920. This collection represents the view from within, the stories and perspectives of those who lived the life of The Road, carrying its burdens and glorying in its freedoms. On the Fly! is indispensable for understanding not only the hobo life but also the on-the-ground history of our urban industrial order.”
—Todd DePastino, author of Citizen Hobo: How a Century of Homelessness Shaped America

“A wonderful and definitive collection of hobo prose, poetry, and song. Iain McIntyre has painstakingly collected a rich array of hobo writing that together speaks to the rich and varied lives these itinerant travellers inhabited along the iron highway.”
—John Lennon, author of Boxcar Politics: The Hobo in U.S. Culture and Literature, 1869–1956

On the Fly! is a brilliant introduction to the subject, and more than that, a moving tribute to the creativity of men and women at the margins of society.”
—Paul Buhle, coeditor of Wobblies! A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World

On the Fly! is a wide-ranging, fascinating collection of primary sources about homelessness from the era that defined the rise and, in the 1930s, the crisis of industrial society in the U.S. Well-known writers like Jack London, Jim Tully, and Tom Kromer are represented, but what sets this volume apart from many studies is its emphasis on first-person views of the experiences of the homeless themselves. This is social history at its best.”
—Kenneth L. Kusmer, professor of history at Temple University, author of Down and Out, On the Road: The Homeless in American History

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Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980
Editors: Iain McIntyre and Andrew Nette • Foreword by Peter Doyle
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-62963-438-8
Published: 10/2017
Format: Paperback
Size: 10x8
Page count: 336
Subjects: History-Pop Culture / Literature

Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats is the first comprehensive account of how the rise of postwar youth culture was depicted in mass-market pulp fiction. As the young created new styles in music, fashion, and culture, pulp fiction shadowed their every move, hyping and exploiting their behaviour, dress, and language for mass consumption and cheap thrills. From the juvenile delinquent gangs of the early 1950s through the beats and hippies, on to bikers, skinheads, and punks, pulp fiction left no trend untouched. With their lurid covers and wild, action-packed plots, these books reveal as much about society’s deepest desires and fears as they do about the subcultures themselves.

Girl Gangs features approximately 400 full-color covers, many of them never reprinted before. With 70 in-depth author interviews, illustrated biographies, and previously unpublished articles from more than 20 popular culture critics and scholars from the US, UK, and Australia, the book goes behind the scenes to look at the authors and publishers, how they worked, where they drew their inspiration and—often overlooked—the actual words they wrote. Books by well-known authors such as Harlan Ellison and Lawrence Block are discussed alongside neglected obscurities and former bestsellers ripe for rediscovery. It is a must read for anyone interested in pulp fiction, lost literary history, retro and subcultural style, and the history of postwar youth culture.

Contributors include Nicolas Tredell, Alwyn W. Turner, Mike Stax, Clinton Walker, Bill Osgerby, David Rife, J.F. Norris, Stewart Home, James Cockington, Joe Blevins, Brian Coffey, James Doig, David James Foster, Matthew Asprey Gear, Molly Grattan, Brian Greene, John Harrison, David Kiersh, Austin Matthews, and Robert Baker.


Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats is populated by the bad boys and girls of mid-twentieth-century pulp fiction. Rumblers and rebels, beats and bikers, hepcats and hippies—pretty much everybody your mother used to warn you about. Nette and McIntyre have curated a riotous party that you won’t want to leave, even though you might get your wallet stolen or your teeth kicked in at any given moment.”
—Duane Swierczynski, two-time Edgar nominee, author of Canary and Revolver

“The underbelly of literature has been ignored for too long. This book redresses that imbalance, as over twenty authors explore low-life fiction in Australia, the UK, and the USA. Thoughtfully written and delightfully accessible, this is a book for all seasoned readers.”
—Toni Johnson-Woods, author of Pulp: A Collector’s Book of Australian Pulp Fiction Covers

“The authors of this volume have paid their dues. They’ve haunted the junk shops and flea markets, combed through the ratty cardboard boxes, smelled the mildew, inhaled the dust. They’ve turned a fresh and fearless eye to the unambiguously collectible, blue-ribbon 1950s and ’60s pulps, and then turned that same awareness to later material, from the ’70s—and they’ve identified a surprisingly durable pulp tradition which we can refer to as ‘tribe pulp,' a tradition which to my knowledge hasn’t been really named till now, certainly not as clearly and cogently as here.”
—From the foreword by Peter Doyle, author of City of Shadows and The Big Whatever

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How To Make Trouble and Influence People: Pranks, Protests, Graffiti & Political Mischief-Making from across Australia
Author: Iain McIntyre
Foreword by Andrew Hansen
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-60486-595-0
Published March 2013
Format: Paperback
Size: 8.25 by 8.25
Page count: 288 Pages
Subjects: Politics–Activism/History–Australia

This book reveals Australia’s radical past through more than 500 tales of Indigenous resistance, convict revolts and escapes, picket line hijinks, student occupations, creative direct action, street art, media pranks, urban interventions, squatting, blockades, banner drops, guerilla theatre, and billboard liberation. Twelve key Australian activists and pranksters are interviewed regarding their opposition to racism, nuclear power, war, economic exploitation, and religious conservatism via humor and creativity. Featuring more than 300 spectacular images How to Make Trouble and Influence People is an inspiring, and at times hilarious, record of resistance that will appeal to readers everywhere.


“I noticed clear back on my first visit in ’83 that radical Aussies fighting back seem to be far more tenacious and creative than most Americans—Roxby Downs, that damned Franklin dam in Tasmania, Operation Titstorm, etc. A far better way to heat up the planet than your lovely mining companies. So keep up the good work! A prank a day keeps the dog leash away.”
—Jello Biafra

“A fascinating recovery of Australia’s neglected past and a worthy inspiration to today’s would-be troublemakers.”
—Sean Scalmer, author of Dissent Events: Protest, The Media and the Political Gimmick in Australia

“The perfect book for enlightened coffee tables.”
—Rachel Evans, Green Left Weekly

“If you’ve ever thought of speaking out about an issue or have idly wondered what you could do to make the world a better place, this is the book for you! Fascinating interviews, quirky historical snippets and stunning photos chronicling all the Australians who have made a difference and who have done so with courage, audacity and a lot of humour! Keep it on your desk at work for all those moments when you need some inspiration, a bit of hope or just a good laugh.”
—Jill Sparrow, co-author Radical Melbourne 1 & 2

“Fascinating interviews with Australia’s best troublemakers make for a riotous scrapbook covering our radical history of revolts and resistance.”
—Rachel Power, Australian Education Union News

“McIntyre has amassed hundreds of tales alongside dramatic photographs in what is unashamedly a songbook for Australia’s future culture-jammers and mischief makers.”
—Katherine Wilson, The Age

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: A Review
By Andrew Stevens
Creases Like Knives
March 19th, 2018

As can be expected, the book’s admiring editors (fans, rather than academics, though they include several) present pulp as firmly belonging to the 50s post-Reefer Madness counterculture of dope fiends and beatniks in squats, ‘Get Off the Road’ biker girls gone bad and hot rod blowouts. If you’re wondering why you’re even reading about this on here, there’s also plenty of room given to later pulp in the form of the youthsploitation New English Library (NEL) and its iconic school playground currency ‘paperback nasties’ in Richard Allen’s Skinhead novels.

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: A Review
By Alf Mayer
March 18th, 2018

"Rock 'n roll, hot boxes, car racing, leather jackets, potheads, hippies, lesbians, surfing spies, girls gang, anything queer as you want to be , the book bursts with surplus energy and the desire to find expression through style, fashion, Music and language, revolt and protest. The many covers are just one aspect. Pulp fiction, as Susan Stryker noted in her Queer Pulp, Perverted Passions from the Golden Age of the Paperback (2001), "functions as a great social unconscious. Fantasies of wish fulfillment are abolished here as well as desperate desire, despised desires, small disappointments and treacheries, irresponsible violence, doubts or marginalization. ""

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: A Review
By Michael Jongen
The Newtown Review of Books
March 8th, 2018

"Come for the covers — some of which may be familiar or indeed inspire a Proustian moment — but do stay for the essays. These are well researched, informative and fascinating. In his Foreword Peter Doyle looks at the successions of youth subcultures and how the post-World-War-II tabloids flourished in an atmosphere of ‘panic refrains’. (A business model which still seems to work if the tabloids’ current fixation with ‘African crime gangs’ is any indication.)

There is so much to love in this beautifully curated collection of covers, essays and extracts...This book is a powerful history of the literature that was written for and about the marginalised. It is our history and I am grateful it has been published in such an inspiring format."

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: A Review
By Max Décharné
The Spectator
February 17th, 2018

"... it was a real pleasure to read Andrew Nette’s sympathetic piece about Jane Gallion, self-described ‘fuckbook writer’, author of the novels Stoned and Biker, and editor for the Los Angeles pulp publishers Essex House and Brandon House. There, she co-authored numerous sex manuals such as Coito Ergo Sum, and occasionally attempted to sneak some humour into the company’s output despite the wishes of her boss — an incident she recalled in a lengthy autobiographical letter reproduced here. ‘Jane,’ he said grimly, ‘no satire. Ya can’t laugh and keep a hard-on.’"

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: A Review
By David Cranmer

February 8th, 2018

"I enjoy delving into a book that I previously would have thought I’d have no interest in sampling and then spending hours reading and rereading the passages. Understand, I love pulp, but teenage angst, women behind bars, and titles like The Hippy Cult Murders and Skinhead Farewell are not normally my preference. Actually, I had zero interest until Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980 landed in my lap."

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: A Review
By Ariel Schudson
Dangerous Minds
February 2nd, 2018

"Ever since I read the shatteringly great Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980, I am a mess! If I was once nostalgic for a past I wasn’t even alive for, I am now pining for characters and circumstances that never happened at all! Editors and authors Iain McIntyre and Andrew Nette have created something unbelievable with this volume. Something that seems almost unthinkable: it is a reference book for pulp work written in a pulp-style. What I mean by this is that it is addictive, a quick read, and it leaves you wanting more."

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats
By Gary von Hersch
February 2018

5 star review

"With 70 in-depth author interviews (including Harlan Ellison and Lawrence Block), illustrated biographies and articles by 22 pop culture critics, this book goes full-disclosure with the sub-genre’s writers and their inspirations and, most interestingly, with the inside operations of their canny publishers and, usually lost in all the hustle, the real words they wrote. I found the sections titled Teenage Jungle, Groupies And Immortals and Love Tribes particularly accessible."

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats
by Maxim Jakubowski
Crimetime UK
January 27th, 2018

An indispensable collection of essays and articles about the golden years of paperback originals, this lavishly-illustrated compendium, worth it for the iconography alone, not only provides hitherto unavailable information about both mysterious, forgotten authors but also invaluable information on some of the pseudonyms who freely invested the paperback, genre jungle which was at the essence of postwar pulp fiction phenomenon. Examining stories of bikers, skinheads, hippies, sleuths, sex cults and a whole assortment of downright odd inhabitants of the many genres that bloomed briefly before disappearing to become collectibles, this is not just a resource but a fascinating read. It even sheds light on Jane Gallion, the obscure Essex House author of which so little was known, and the pseudonymous production of many writers now better known under their own name, and confirms there are still treasures to be discovered in those paperback treasures of yesteryear . A collection to be dipped in again and again.

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats
By Steve Holland
Bear Alley
January 22nd, 2018

"Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats isn't a straight telling of history, but a jigsaw that builds up into a widescreen picture of its subjects, using essays about juvenile delinquency, youthsploitation, beats, bikers and bohemians as a starting point; the reader is then treated to reviews of some of the key novels in each of seven sections and interviews with some of those involved, including Ann Bannon, Floyd Salas, Sharon Rudahl, Brad Lang, Marijane Meaker and George Snyder..."

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats
By Wenceslao Bruclaga
January 15th, 2017

The book, edited by PM Press , also ventures into a risky justice for all that pulp literature that according to collaborators, consider fundamental in movements such as women's liberation, taking up the novels about gangs of girls or dissatisfied women of disruptive writers like Ann Bannon, Laura del Rivo or Christine James (despised by the feminists of the sixties); or the impulse of journalism and fiction music such as Jazzman in Nudetown by Bob Tralins, The Big Blues by Pal Bunyan, Hard Rock by Jay Lawrence or Second-Hand Family by Richard Parker (perhaps a rough record by Almost Famous) or The Immortal by Walter Ross of the first great biopics or shockumentarys. Taking into account all that delirious pulp literature that took flight with the stories of hippie-satanic cults that would be the breeding ground for gore and soft porn.

An indispensable treatise to know the origins of today's devout alternative or indie culture.

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats
By Diane C. Donovan

Donovan’s Literary Services

January 2018

Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980 follows the history and evolution of postwar youth culture as depicted in mass-market pulp novels, drawing important connections between cultural depiction and counter-culture developments among juvenile audiences. 
The collection uses some 400 color book covers; many never reprinted before, and pairs them with some 70 author interviews, biographical data, and previously unpublished articles from over 20 pop culture scholars from the U.S., UK and Australia. 

Having a focus from various countries' experiences and a broad range of pop culture inspirations and influencers makes for a wide-ranging literary and social history not to be missed by any who enjoy studying youth cultural influences of the past and pulp fiction in general.

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ggThe Power of Pulp Fiction: Girl Gangs, Biker Boys and More
On the Counterculture Politics of Trashy 1950s Novels

By Scott Adlerberg
Literary Hub
December 7th, 2017

It takes scholarly love and a fan’s enthusiasm to devote oneself to putting together a 300-plus page book dissecting obscure pulp fiction. But that is exactly what Australian writers Andrew Nette and Ian McIntyre have done with Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980. Their ambitious work “chronicles three decades of public anxiety, fear and fascination in the United States, Britain and Australia around the concept of out-of-control youth, and the rapacious genius of pulp publishers in exploiting it to sell books.”

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats
By Andrew Male

MOJO Magazine

January 2018

Most eye-catchingly, it brings together the most outlandish, hilarious and beautiful pulp cover-art… But Nette’s book also presents deeply-researched articles on the writers, publishing houses and sub-genres of this vast underground milieu."

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howtoamketroubleHow to Make Trouble and Influence People: A Review
by Madeline Ostrander
Yes! Magazine
July 8th, 2014
Some of the events described here are sobering, especially the 18th- and 19th-century accounts of violent uprisings led by Aboriginal groups and rebellions staged by convicts—and even bloodier reprisals from authorities and settlers. But subversive wit has also been a powerful force throughout Australia’s history: In 1876, a group of Irish political prisoners escaped by posing as Americans, commandeering a boat, and unfurling an American flag. In 1911, Australia’s burgeoning labor unions plastered the sides of lampposts with slogans like “A bad day’s work for a bad day’s pay.” In 1986, a group of activists stole a $2 million Picasso painting from the National Gallery of Victoria and held it for ransom to demand an increase in arts funding, then quietly returned it weeks later. In 2009, the “Ministers of Energy, Resources and Silly Walks,” wearing suits and bowler hats, joined hundreds of protesters at a polluting coal power plant to urge that it be decommissioned.
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howtoamketroubleHow to Make Trouble and Influence People: A Review
By Meredith Jacka
Socialist Party Australia
November 4th, 2013
How to make trouble and influence people – Pranks, protests, graffiti and political mischief making’ provides a brief yet diverse historical account of Australian radical politics over the last 225 years.

But unlike many other history books, this one is delightfully easy to read, you can pick it up and open it to any page and you’ll learn something. It could be about a convict uprising in 1798 or anti nuclear activists in 1986.

There’s no need to sift through dry, academic, text book style stuff, Iain McIntyre has done that for us, with the result being an aesthetically pleasing and easily accessible resource book for anyone interested in progressive activism.
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howtoamketroubleHow to Make Trouble and Influence People: Recommended Summer Reading
By Rachel Evans
Green Left Weekly
In this beautifully-designed book, Melbourne-based author Iain McIntyre reveals the vital history of creative resistance in Australia. It is told through stories of Indigenous resistance, convict escapes, picket-line high-jinks, student occupations, creative direct action, media pranks, urban interventions, squatting, blockades, banner drops, street theatre and billboard liberation...
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