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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.

Hey, pretty little face! Pretty little face you got there.

Edie the egg ladie

Hand drawn artwork by John Pearson;  courtesy Cheryl Daniels

The poster above was hand drawn by artist John Pearson for the midnight screenings of Pink Flamingos at The Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre in 1972.  Who would have guessed that six years later Edith Massey (Edie the Egg Lady) would get up on stage at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto backed up by the original Viletones (less Leckie) and pound out a set of tunes including our favourite “Hey, Punks – Get Off The Grass!”

Big thanks to Cheryl Daniels who sent us a nice little pile of jpgs today, including the gem above.

And just like lovely Miss Edie, we’ve got so many little eggies, but we’re still starving for more.  Today we’re off to the wilds of Barrie, Ontario, to interview Marion Lewis of The Hummer Sisters, and this weekend we’ll venture down to St. Kitt’s to chat with Teenage Head‘s buddy and inspiration Slash Booze.  So many little eggies.  We’re going to eat them all before we go to sleepie.

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