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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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Copyright Robert Crumb

Last week infamous L.S.D. chemist, Grateful Dead soundman, and Grateful Dead logo creator Owsley Stanley was killed in a car crash in Australia.  Jimi Hendrix wrote a song about his favourite brand of Owsley acid (Purple Haze), the psychedelic band Blue Cheer named themselves after another,  and there’s a good chance we’d be writing this on a typewriter and distributing it like a broadsheet if Apple’s Steve Jobs and Microsoft’s Bill Gates hadn’t indulged in the drug that Owsley refined, popularized and manufactured by the millions in the mid to late sixties.

A computer is a typewriter on acid.

We’re also pretty certain a majority of the musicians and artists that comprised the punk scene in Toronto wouldn’t have had some of their ideas and perception had they not dropped a hit or twenty in their lifetime.  (Kids — don’t do drugs! But make sure to watch out for The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased And Incomplete History Of Toronto, Hamilton and London Ontario Punk Rock And New Wave Music Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978, Parts One and Two when it’s released later this year and you’ll hear lots more tales of sex, drugs, rock and roll.)

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