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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.

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Best punk band ever.

Today co-director Kire Paputts heads up for visit #4 with legendary promoter Gary Topp to shoot buttons and other memorabilia in Topper’s joint.   Meanwhile, Cardboard Brains’ Vince Carlucci’s photo exhibit continues at Oz Studios at 134 Ossington Avenue.  This Friday they’re gonna screen The Last Pogo Jumps Again‘s second-unit director Aldo Erdic’s half-hour doc Circa ’77:  The Diodes along with The Last Pogo, and dvds will be on sale.

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And just think of the adventure it might be actually getting to the place, what with snipers on rooftops, 12,000 cops (many of whom are from out of town and can be witnessed gawkin’ at all the big buildings, hyuck hyuck) crazy last-minute re-routing of traffic, and a shitload of protesters in various parts of the city trying to get the attention of the Golly G-20 “leaders” in town for the big photo-op.  (I mean, really.  They couldn’t just set up big-ass monitors at home and Skype the whole thing?)

On another tangent, remember how you might actually get beaten up — or at the least be the victim of snickers and withering stares — dare you play Ramones or Iggy Pop or New York Dolls back in the day?  And how it feels kind of weird and sadly interesting that these days you can’t go to a professional sports event without hearing the familiar Hey Ho Let’s Go as the psyche-em-up music?   Well, it gets better.  The commercial for Major League Baseball’s 2010 All-Star Game features “…a boozy version…” of California Sun by The Dictators.  Brains-behind-the-band Adny Shernoff pointed out on his Facebook page:  “A few weeks ago the world stopped spinning for .34 seconds which allowed a rare vortex to shift space and time ever so slightly.  This extraordinary event allowed the demo that earned The Dictators a record deal many years ago to be surreptitiously inserted into the promotion for this years MLB All Star game…the rock gods are pleased!

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