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Tales from the Two Puddings

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In 1962, exactly fifty years before the Olympic Games rolled into Stratford, East London, the Johnson family took over the Two Puddings, the most notorious pub in the area. Due to a combination of its cream-tiled walls and the volume of blood spilt, it was also known locally as the Butcher s Shop . Within a few short years, it had become one of London s busiest and most fa ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Fifty First State Press
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Jake Goretzki
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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Likeable enough memoir of the pub trade in sixties Stratford, which I picked up in the 'Local History' section of the library. A bit of a reminder for me again that pubs - for all their cultural importance - were always such magnets for lost and the doomed; I used to romanticise them and find them charming...now I often find them massively depressing and there's almost a paradoxical sense of relief when yet another closes (arguably, they only prospered because they were the only place to get dri ...more
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Cockneylen
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I guess this is a nostalgia trip. I frequented the Puddings towards the end of the 60s, so many of the stories predate my time. It was always known for the great music, but it also seemed to be "fight night" every night, especially the weekends. I remember Stratford Broadway being devoid of all cars at half past ten of an evening, but by ten to eleven there were always a couple of police cars, and a black maria standing by. For me the great sadness is the loss of what was a way of life that was ...more
Ian Mapp
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been a big fan of The The since the 80s. I was aware through an interview with Matt Johnson that he had lived above a pub that hosted bands in the sixties and seventies - meeting David Essex etc - but I knew little more than that.

In desperation to see if any new music was being produced, I searched for information and found that that a) the only new song in the last 20 years had been about his old school teacher and b) he had published a book written by his father about his time at the Two
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Lars Ovlien
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I bought this because I'm a fan of The The, and this is Matt Johnsons father writing. That said, a great set of stories from London in the 60s. Good fun and great descriptions from a time long gone. Interesting about local characters, bands, West Ham supporters, dockers and family. A great read that I hope more people pick up on.
Dave Cronen
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as I'm a The The fan and really enjoyed the book from start to finish. The way that Eddie explains what it was like to live in the East End in the 60's is fascinating and his account of the characters involved in and around the Two Puddings is captivating.
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