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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.

Teenage Indian Head

A busy week for us here in Pogo Headquarters. Artist John Pearson is putting the final touches on a mini-poster for the record stores that’ll be selling The Last Pogo DVD (release date October 14th); Andy Meyers of Allowed Sound Studio in B.C. has finished the “Duophonic” sound mix for the movie; publicist Woody Whelan is lining up a few more interviews — up this week is one with Alternate Press — and director Colin Brunton is starting the assembly on footage for the new film The Last Pogo Jumps Again, and scheming up a unique way to distribute the new film come 2009.

Brunton wore his Teenage Head t-shirt on Saturday, and being holed up in his tiny hotel room editing, didn’t come up for air much, but did venture out for a coffee at the local indie coffee house. The first comment on the shirt was from the “barista” who gave Brunton a salute and proudly said he was from The Hammer (and dissed Brunton for being from Toronto; some things never change); then two guys outside commented on it and started reminiscing about seeing Head in 1978, and then the lady at the bar of the Sask Hotel raved on and on about Teenage Head, wondering when they were gonna come out again. Of the many agendas for the new film, one of the primo ones is getting all of the awesome bands from the original scene a little bit of recognition, albeit it 30 years later.

It’s 6:30 in the morning out here in Saskatchewan, and so we’re off to Indian Head to shoot day six of the exteriors of Little Mosque on the Prairie. Fun!

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