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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.

All Tomorrow’s Parties

The esteemed Mr. Gibson in a poster created by Seattle artist Charles Whiteside.

Directors Brunton and Paputts got together for a meeting today to discuss loose ends and how to tie them up as regards The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  The Film That Has So Far Taken Over Twice As Long To Make As The Actual Period (September 24 1976 To December 1 1978) It’s Covering For Fuck’s Sake, Part One.

Pogo H.Q.:  strategy and bullshit session.

Apart from the gigantic and intimidating question of money, there’s actually not too many loose ends to tie up anymore.   Of the 36+ groups (!) that fit into our definition of “punk” and “new wave”, and who played in and around Toronto, Hamilton and London between September 24 1976 and December 1 1978 — there’s only two bands (ain’t tellin’ ya who, sucka!) who we don’t have reps from yet, but that should hopefully change before the month is out.

And to further the story-line of the huge influence on all manner of shit that our beloved scene had on the world at large, there’s not much of a bigger catch than novelist William Gibson.   But we haven’t got him.  Yet.

Hosers laugh as cops bust hippies in Yorkville in 1967.

As you might know, Gibson draft-dodged his way into Toronto’s Yorkville in the late sixties — furthering another, albeit minor, Last Pogo storyline, the thread between hippies and punks.

Gibson wrote the novel All Tomorrow’s Parties, title borrowed from the Velvet Underground.

And if you can believe what you read in Wikipedia it was punk music, period that made him think he could write.  Here’s a quote attributed to him:  “Simultaneously, weird noises were being heard from New York and London. I took Punk to be the detonation of some slow-fused projectile buried deep in society’s flank a decade earlier, and I took it to be, somehow, a sign. And I began, then, to write.”


His first novel Neuromancer borrowed The Viletones’ Screamin’ Fist as the name of an operation in the book.  Was New Rose Hotel inspired by Freddy Pompeii and Margarita Passion‘s store New Rose — or directly from The Damned if we do, damned if we don’t?   We need answers!

And blah blah blah, there’s another storyline he’s touched upon:  how the glory of amateurism that was a part of punk gave people permission to go out and do something creative, without lessons and rules and such.  Mr. Gibson, we’ve got a shooter on the West Coast who would gladly bother you for less than an hour.  William, please call home.  Over.

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