9 August 2012

Eddie Johnson, Matt Johnson, and The Two Puddings, Stratford, London

Wednesday's post by The Gentle Author on his 'Spitalfields Life' blog was about Eddie Johnson, former landlord of the former pub The Two Puddings, Broadway, Stratford. Eddie ran the pub with his wife Shirley from 1962 to 2000, and became the longest serving London landlord in the process. In earlier days The Two Puddings had been so known for its violence that it was nicknamed 'The Butcher's Shop', although Eddie turned it into an important music venue.

The story of his time in the famous Two Puddings is now published in Eddie's book, Tales from the Two Puddings: Stratford, East London's Olympic City, in the 1960's (London: Fifty First State Press, 2012).

Not recognizing the name of the publisher, I wondered if this was a self-publication, and was amazed to discover that this is Matt Johnson's company's first book. Matt is Eddie's son who grew up in The Two Puddings and is the mastermind behind The The, a rock band that still exists and is perhaps most noted for its literate anti-capitalist/anti-globalization anthems of the 1980s such as 'The Beaten Generation' (with Johnny Marr).

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