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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.

DVD coming soon

POGOSouthern Ontario 1977; artwork by Rick Trembles

We’re hard at work here at Pogo H.Q. readying the DVD release of our punk rock doc The Last Pogo Jumps Again.   Apart from the two-part, 204 minute doc, we’re currently putting together a bunch of “added features” including new pieces on Nash the Slash and The Original 99 Cent Roxy;  the classic animated short Bambi Meets Godzilla;  a couple of mid-seventies movie trailers; an excerpt from the 1969 Toronto-made indie feature A Neon Palace;  a never-before-seen interview with Tommy Ramone; and a bunch of “easter eggs” that you’ll just have to search for to discover.  The DVD will also include a 24-page booklet with loads of pictures and handbillz.

ROXY handbill

Stay tuned!  We hope to have this ready by September — just in time to take you to school.

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