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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.

Happy Anniversary, Last Pogo

Yea, so it was 33 years ago that The Garys presented The Last Pogo at Toronto’s venerable Horseshoe Tavern.  Beauty first, safety last was the rule of the night as 800 sweating kids crammed into a bar with a capacity of 500.

A fat drunk detective waddled up from the bar around midnight to slur to Teenage Head as they took the stage that they could only play one song, and bingo — sweet fucking chaos!

The concert was captured in the eponymous short film, the riot not so much (film crew booted out) and bits of it are used in the new project.   (GEEK ALERT:  We’ve been getting High Definition transfers done of 16mm films and video footage, and its just awesome.  You see stuff  you couldn’t see in the original footage.  Mind blown.)

We’ve still got some DVD’s of The Last Pogo in stock, so … y’know…nice cheap present for someone.   Go to the Store page.  Now!  Twelve measly dollars!  C’mon!

Engelbert Humperdink rocking his ‘stache; it was always Movember for him.

Fast, cheap and good:  when you’re making a film you can’t have all three, which is why it’s taken us over five years to put our four epic together — but the end is in site.  We are what you call “picture locked”, i.e. we’re done editing — and now its all about getting people to sign release forms so we’re legal and legit.  Of course while we wait for people to mail us back the releases we continue to nip and tuck here and there and mull stuff over.  And we’re still hearing about snippets of footage that we could use (including some never before seen stuff from the Crash ‘n’ Burn that we’re going to see in a few weeks.  C’mon archival workers!   Crank up that Super-8 projector for us!)

 

 

 

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