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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.

I Belong to the Beat Generation


The beatnik on the right sports a safety pin.

In 1959, beat poet Rod McKuen, he of mushy and syrupy poems and songs recorded “I Belong to the Beat Generation” under the pseudonym Bob McFadden And Dor.


Less than twenty years later, Richard Hell would rewrite it as the punk anthem “I Belong to the Blank Generation” — and not share any writing credits, btw.




Apart from bearing a striking resemblance to Mr. Hell, famous TV beatnik Maynard G. Krebs was a big fan of Thelonious Monk, and Bob Dylan claimed to have been inspired by Krebs.  Bob Denver later became Gilligan.


When Machiavellian manager Malcolm McLaren created The Sex Pistols, he borrowed a bit of Hell and had them pen “Pretty Vacant.”

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