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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.

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An absolutely rollicking week at Pogo H.Q.:

We topped off last week by chatting with fangirl Erika Larner, who’s lineage goes from  Gary Topp’s Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre, where many seeds of punkish suberversion were planted,  to the Ontario College of Art when it was directed by avante-garde administrator Roy Ascott to helping and hanging out with OCA-based bands like The Cads, and Oh Those Pants, and selling beer at the Diodes‘ six weekend hangout The Crash ‘n’ Burn.

An interview with 75% of the original Cads included an attempt at an a cappella version of “Sex Is The Only Way Out.” A brainstorming dinner with ex-Mod and legal mind David Steinberg and Gary Topp, arguably the most import person in Toronto as regards alternative culture, and The Last Pogo’s Colin Brunton, who was awed by the bootleg of John Cale at the New Yorker Theatre in 1977 Gary gave him.

Shades Magazine publisher Sheila Wawanash held court a few days later on what it meant to put out a magazine in the late seventies, and showed us a nice picture of The Garys posing with The Police and a gold record.  The Police’s Andy Summer (about whom a whole series of docs could be made) cheerfully agreed to hook up with our director in L.A., Amy Belling, fresh off a two hour chat with photographer and graphic artist Rodney Bowes.  Today co-director Kire Paputts is journeying to Stouffville to talk about The Battered Wives with guitar-player John Gibbs.  On Sunday Kire and Colin look forward to a long-overdue interview with the fascinating Andy Paterson to talk about his band The Government, punk in general, music, art, and donuts.

The teletype machine at Pogo H.Q. has been burning overtime as well, sending out requests for Skype interviews with director John Waters, godfather John Cale, Richard Hell, Alan Vega of Suicide, Tina Weymouth from Talking Heads, Guns ‘n’ Roses’ Slash, ex-Nirvana’s Dave Grohl — and if you know your history of Toronto music between ’76 and ’78 you know why there were all important.  If you don’t know whey they were important, then watch out for the release of our movie later this year.  Buckle up;  it’ll be around five hours long.

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