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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.

Back to the drawing board

July 28th, 2008

Wow. And Ouch. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, surprise — it does! The data-retrieval experts got back to us today, and in a very pleasant and even voice told us that it would cost a couple of grand to find all the Last Pogo Jumps Again footage, it would take a week — and there was less than a 25% chance they could retrieve anything.

So while director Brunton hunkers in a hotel is Saskatchewan, he will await with bated breath the hard work of director Kire Paputts as Kire painstakingly re-uploads the 100+ hours of footage into a brand new hard-drive. Brunton will fly back in a couple of weeks to reacquaint himself with his family, grab the goodies, and hopefully get some editing done in the remaining weeks out on the prairie.

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