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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.

33 1/3

We’re now 33 1/3 of the way through the mix of The Last Pogo Jumps AgainMixmaster Daniel Pellerin and co-designer Alexander Aslund are twisting knobs as they head-bop to Teenage Head and The Viletones.  Again, we can’t say how cool it is to finally see our film on a big screen with big sound.

The Last Pogo Collection Agency took the opportunity of being in the west end to do a bit more collecting on DVD sales of the original short that sparked all of this, The Last PogoSuspect Video on Markham Street in Toronto still has a few copies, and you can always buy them on-line here in the “Store” department.  LPCA took a licking though, because its the first collecting they’ve done from Suspect in…uh…four years.   Dropping off DVDs on consignment then picking up the Pogo Corps’ share a few years ago started off as fun — meet people, drive around,  it was like having a paper-route — but got a bit tedious after a while.

Steven Leckie of The Viletones;  copyright Dan Huziak


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