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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.

Gettin’ Organanized!

March 9th, 2008

Hey, ho. We’ve gotta hunker down for a while, get organanized, have some meetings, shoot the shit, file away footage, and generally do some heavy lifting, so you won’t be hearing from us for awhile. As you can see from the expression on Homer’s face (above), time’s a tickin’, and we’re headin’ to the final stretch.

First, thanks loads to the dozens of people who’ve helped out so far (far too many to thank right now, but you know who you are) — this has really been a community effort. Not a day goes by that we don’t hear from someone, or someone sends us a jpg or clue or a hint. And we want more! So, if you were a part of the Toronto punk scene circa 1976 to 1978, and you’ve got photos or leather jackets or buttons or high-hopes or failed dreams or misgivings or mister givings or anything and everything — please get in touch at this email.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, here’s a reminder of a site that should satisfy many or all of your vintage punk-rock needs and desires — Punk Turns Thirty, L.A. photographer and gal-around-country Therese K’s awesomely fabtabulous site. Besides tons of great photos that Therese has taken, she writes a daily blog about her non-stop photo exhibit tour around the States, and of course, there’s tons of great photos to check out and buy.

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