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  • Originally posted by babycart View Post


    Len Deighton was at the height of his fame when he compiled this 1967 collection of essays on swinging London. Included are tips on why Mods like the Golden Egg-type restaurant and flock to Chips With Everything: an oyster bar where each oyster is helpfully x-rayed before you eat it: and the only pub in London where you can get a pint of lager
    Lots of tips for long defunct record shops, as well as Godfrey Smith's fantastically pompous guide to the best champagne cocktail in the Smoke, an article by a bloke who bought a pub on the Isle Of Dogs, a mood piece by Shirley Collins hubby and advice on how to buy dirty pictures. ("Got anything better?" is what you say, but you must be careful not to look like a copper when saying it)
    I neded to track this volume down, sounds great!

    Godfrey is my friend's dad - I daresay he could still tell you where to buy the best champagne cocktail in the Smoke.

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    • A couple more in a similar vein:

      Hunter Davies, "The New London Spy" (1966)
      Frank Norman / Jeffrey Bernard, "Soho Night and Day" (1966)

      Sorry, I can't be arsed with images. You are just as capable of using Google Images as I am..

      Picked this up today. Looks so far up my (sleazy postwar London) street that it could be parked outside my Mayfair mews cottage with Lucky Gordon and Stephen Ward sat in the back:

      http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts-e...e-25-1.1037834

      Reading this right now:

      http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...nald_Crowhurst

      Am a bit obsessed with Crowhurst. This book is brilliant.
      Endless Tripe

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      • Originally posted by son of stan View Post
        Reading this right now:

        http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...nald_Crowhurst

        Am a bit obsessed with Crowhurst. This book is brilliant.
        Ooooh - that looks fascinating, found out about Crowhurst through the Tacita Dean stuff a few years back.



        Must get this from the library (while we still have libraries, of course...)
        We know when a mate buys it for you too.

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        • Originally posted by john stapleton View Post
          Ooooh - that looks fascinating, found out about Crowhurst through the Tacita Dean stuff a few years back.



          Must get this from the library (while we still have libraries, of course...)
          There's an excellent documentary film called "Deep Water" from a few years back (available on DVD) which I would also highly recommend.
          Endless Tripe

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          • Damn! I'll have to get a DVD player!
            We know when a mate buys it for you too.

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            • Its been on More 4 once or twice. I caught it entirely by accident over Christmas a few years ago...Same producer as the also excellent, "Touching The Void" (who would have thought that Boney M's, "Brown Girl In the Ring" could be rendered so terrifying?)

              There was also a (lesser) Crowhurst documentary shown on BBC4 a few weeks ago. One of those, "Timewatch" things. It might still be on the iplayer (whatever that is..)

              Anyway this a book thread and I'm going on about fillums...
              Endless Tripe

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              • Originally posted by son of stan View Post
                Its been on More 4 once or twice. I caught it entirely by accident over Christmas a few years ago...Same producer as the also excellent, "Touching The Void" (who would have thought that Boney M's, "Brown Girl In the Ring" could be rendered so terrifying?)
                Haven't seen 'Touching The Void' either, but Joe Simpson's appearance on Desert Island Discs a few years back was one of the best things I've heard on radio.

                Moving and inspiring, decent records too.
                We know when a mate buys it for you too.

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                • just finished Nick Kent's 70s autobiography which was desperately in need of a fair dinkum edit. it's full of repetitions and sloppy re-use of adjectival phrases like 'championship-level.' all the same, it's got the makings of a grand movie.

                  now starting China Meiville's latest, Kraken, which is as viscerally dark as ever - must be all that drum n bass.

                  before both was a trot of John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let The Right One In and Handling the Undead.

                  well, it is winter you know...nice and creepy does it every time.

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                  • Originally posted by AlanP View Post
                    just finished Nick Kent's 70s autobiography which was desperately in need of a fair dinkum edit. it's full of repetitions and sloppy re-use of adjectival phrases like 'championship-level.' all the same, it's got the makings of a grand movie.
                    My old pal, Julie's review of that was great:

                    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010...il-book-review
                    Endless Tripe

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                    • ha...that was one of the umpteen questions I had, how the hell can you rely on the recollections of a bloke who spends 90 per cent of the book saying how permanently wasted he was.

                      have you read it? he puts himself at the centre of almost every major rock moment of the late 20th century. most extraordinary really, or possibly bullshit.

                      still, it's a tawdrily enjoyable read, much, I expect, like the upcoming keith richards autobiography...

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                      • Originally posted by son of stan View Post
                        My old pal, Julie's review of that was great:

                        http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010...il-book-review
                        Does she mention the fact that he looks like me?
                        To infinity - and beyond!

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                        • Originally posted by son of stan View Post
                          My old pal, Julie's review of that was great:

                          http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010...il-book-review
                          And the comments are even better.
                          We know when a mate buys it for you too.

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                          • Guess I missed this when it came out, but the "The Ballad of Britian" has been doing it this week... kind of written in a the style of Stuart Maconie's "Pies and Prejudice" but with the focus on the ballad and not the wider quirkers of an area... light and not overly intellectual...

                            well worth a punt...

                            "It's all just one big plastic hassle..." - Psych-Out

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                            • I'm reading a few at the moment, including





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                              • Brilliant swedish romantic classic. Very experimental storytelling, shifting from a nearly overloaded but still great prose to dramatic script or epistolary. Mixing gothic elements with 'romantic irony' and is actually quite funny, which reminds me of ETA Hoffman's 'Lebens-Ansichten des Katers Murr' which is always a good thing.
                                http://soundcloud.com/teaspoonsweden
                                http://www.mixcloud.com/SebastianFSorrow/
                                http://soundcloud.com/seb-f-sorrow

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