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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.

Facebook Sex Pistol Paul Cook digs our blog

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Lucasta Ross plays with Steven Leckie & The Solutions! at the Last Pogo 30th bash December 2008; photo by Edie Steiner

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Lucasta and the rest of the B-Girls in 1977;  photo by Rodney Bowes

The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director Kire Paputts is busying himself prepping his short film, but still has time to track down and interview more of the folks we need for our sprawling documentary.  Last week it was ex-B-Girl Lucasta Ross, the interview taking place in her amazing goth abode.

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Meanwhile, down in L.A., filmmaker and Last Pogo Jumps Again contributor Amy Belling spent a few hours with original Viletones manager Tibor Takacs.  Tibor (with partner Stephen Zoller) broke off his arrangement with The Viletones when he decided enough was enough, and split for L.A. to pursue his film career.   He’s worked steadily ever since.

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Mickey Skin of The Curse dangerously stands up on an arcade ride; photo by the ever amazing Rodney Bowes.

Kire also managed to sneak in an interview with…drumroll, pleasethe parents of Mickey Skin from The Curse.   The only thing cooler than that is the fact that Mickey’s mother often went to shows by The Curse back in 1977.  Yo, mama.

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Photo of Paul Cook by S. Fitzstephens

We thrilled to find out that Sex Pistol drummer Paul Cook had recently discovered our blog,  and had forwarded one to Viletone Freddy Pompeii.   It was a taste of the collection of newspaper clippings we’ve filed away since starting this project back in June 2006.  And we know it’s the real Paul Cook, because he was on Facebook.   Make friends with him as well as other Facebookers like Albert Einstein and Elvis Presley.   F’real.

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Land suitable to build a house on in Florida that you can purchase from us.  Plus you get a free Last Pogo DVD!


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