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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.

By the time we got to the Horseshoe, we were half a thousand strong…

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Wow, was it really forty years ago that there was Woodstock and three days of peace, love and understanding in a muddy pig farm in Bethel, New York?  What’s so funny about that?   Nothing much really, but when you’re doing a blog on Punk Rock (and more specifically the feature-film in-the-making, The Last Pogo Jumps Again) you tend to search out threads and degrees of separation on any musical thingy that happens.   And that’s all we have to say about it.

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Johnny Garbagecan;  photo copyright/courtesy of Norah Currie.

While co-director Brunton suffers a month in exile (Saskatchewan), co-director Paputts continues to add to the (so far) four hour rough cut of The Last Pogo Jumps Again. Earlier in the week, it was a couple of hours interviewing Zoltan “Johnny Garbagecan” Lugosi, best friend of the late Mike Nightmare, Prisoner’s Rights advocate and general scenester.  What did Johnny carry around in that briefcase all the time?  Is is true that he and Mike used to hop freight cars to build upper body strength so as to improve their B & E skills?  And what’s the story of the Russian typewriter? All shall be revealed.  When we finish the movie.

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Punk drummer turned lawyer David Quinton-Steinberg; photo copyright/courtesy Kevin Lamb.

On Friday, Paputts and regular shooter Richard Fiander rode an elevator in the gold-flecked tower at Bay and Front and spent some time in an honest-to-goodness corporate boardroom with our favourite lawyer/drummer, David QuintonDid David reveal who he thought in the original scene may have been mentally ill?  What was the magic moment when he realized it might be smarter to go back to school than hang out and tour?   And who is the coolest Canadian lawyer:  David Quinton, or Raymond Burr? Find out when we finally complete The Last Pogo Jumps Again in 2010.

And we’ll end this blog by bringing us full circle back to Woodstock, because if there wasn’t a more hip and hippiesh store in Toronto back in the early seventies, it woulda been Tribe, the used clothing store that occupied the front of the building where Club Davids operated.

(And hey — if anyone can dig up any pix of the old Club Davids, a factory-sealed DVD of The Last Pogo awaits you.)

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