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pogo2posterFINAL2The Last Pogo Jumps Again studies the evolution of Toronto from small town to big city and it’s pop/counter-culture lifestyle during the early and mid-70s.  It centers around the first wave of Toronto punk rock and new-wave music, from the Ramones playing the New Yorker Theatre in ’76 through the police shutting down Teenage Head and causing a riot at the Horseshoe Tavern’s infamous “The Last Pogo” concert in December 1978.

London had the Sex Pistols, New York had the Ramones, but Toronto had a punk movement all it’s own.  The Toronto landscape by the late ’70s was forever changed with the infusion of the DIY/Punk/Alternative Culture(s) movement.  Six years in the making, The Last Pogo Jumps Again successfully explores the whys and wherefores of what was arguably one of the most exciting but misunderstood movements in Toronto’s history.

The DVD contains the 204 minute documentary, plus over a 100 minutes of added material, and a snazzy 24-page booklet.  Check the Shop for details on where you can purchase it.

The Last Pogo (1978) is the documentary that chronicled the last punk rock show at the Horseshoe Tavern when it was run by legendary Toronto promoters The Garys (Topp and Cormier) featuring The Scenics, Cardboard Brains, The Secrets, The Mods, The Ugly, The Viletones and Teenage Head. The Last Pogo was released on DVD in 2008 to great reviews.  Available at the Shop.

Hey, we’re under construction!
Okay, we’re not really under big construction, but we’re going to take a few weeks off of our blogging to do a bit of thinking on the new movie and stuff like that.   See ya later in the spring!
1977
Courtesy Gail Wetton, Molten Core
1979
Courtesy Gail Wetton and Molten Core — google ‘em!
Lux Interior’s Astral Ascension
Try as we might, we couldn’t find a “contact” link to the L.A. Weekly to ask permission to reprint this, so here goes nothin’.  Big thanks in advance to writer Jonny Whiteside and L.A. Weekly. The death on February 4 of Erick Lee Purkhiser, AKA Cramps singer Lux Interior — singer, writer, artist, 3D photographer, daredevil, shape shifter.
Japan’s DOLL Magazine love us long time, baby
Okay, so buy it already.  Twelve bucks.  Canadian! As we continue to shoot and edit The Last Pogo Jumps Again, we thought we’d make a pitch to you, dear reader, to buy a copy of The Last Pogo, the 1978 punk rock doc that has an amazing batting average of .1000 with critics and bloggers.  1000!  That’s like Barry Bonds and Babe Ruth birthing a super-baby — with A-Rod acting ...
Turning Japanese, I really think so
Courtesy of Imants Krumins Okay, we’re not exactly sure what the above review in Japan’s Doll Magazine says, but here’s hoping it spurs millions of people over there to order the DVD of The Last Pogo (it’s only $12.00!).  Or thousands.  Or even hundreds.   If anyone wants to take a crack at translating this, we’re all ears.
Do the Wait
Talking Heads and The Scenics, 1977;  courtesy Gail Wetton We’re going to wait until 2010 to release our feature The Last Pogo Jumps Again.   We could put something together now for sure — we’ve got hundreds of hours of interviews and footage and stacks of DVD’s of old videos and photos — but there’s no sense in completing it until we’re done.   And while its sometimes good to stop making sense, ...
The Toronto Archives: Just like old times
Voodoo Priest (a hougan) with Last Pogo t-shirt in Haiti;  photo by Frank Polyak On Monday two Pogo staffers ventured out to get a handful of transition shots of Toronto to use in The Last Pogo Jumps Again.   The first one up was a shot of the city skyline, and so they went to The Docks, and discovered that it was much warmer in the Pogomobile than it was on ...
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