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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 trails

The best way to prep for a big edit session in a tiny hotel room is, of course, to go out for an hour-and-a-half ride on a horse, and that’s just what we did yesterday.  The horse director Brunton got was called Angel, was anything but, and of all the horses in our group, was by far the filthiest and most ill-tempered.   Kicking at the dog following us, kicking at any horse that came near, and letting rip the loudest and most impressive farts, Brunton, his punk horse, and some folks from Little Mosque on the Prairie channelled their inner Eastwoods and hit the trail.   At one point we were surrounded by cows, but we assured that they weren’t dangerous.  But they looked delicious.

Got a note from Cleave Anderson who let us know that his original song The Last Pogo is being reworked, and soon to be added to the Screwed‘s repertoire.   And that’s as good a reason as any to plug the upcoming show this Friday at the Silver Dollar.  On the same bill is ex Raving Mojos and guitar-slinger for a 2007 version of The Viletones, Kurt Schefter;  Ramones tribute band The Raclones, and the amazing Mysterion.

We’re making good progress on the assembly for The Last Pogo Jumps Again, and are starting to line up the last of the interviews, to be shot this fall;  the revised master of The Last Pogo DVD is being shipped off to the pressing plant in Toronto, and artist John Pearson is putting some new finishing touches on the poster for the DVD release.

Until we meet again…

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