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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.

Motion Picture Purgatory

Comic strip review, copyright Rick Trembles.

The absolutely coolest review our project The Last Pogo (1978) got was Rick Trembles‘ comic strip review that appeared in the Montreal Mirror as part of Rick’s weekly Motion Picture Purgatory series upon the release of the DVD in 2008.   (And hey — there’s still copies to be had for the low low price of $12.00;  visit the store.)

Detail from same review, and still copyright Rick Trembles.

We’re now talking to Rick about contributing some work for our epic feature The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased And Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock And New Wave Music Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978.   We’d like to get Rick to create some cool maps, so people know we’re talking about London, Ontario instead of London, England, etc., but much more fun will be his interpretations of some of the stories people tell.  It won’t be old-school cell animation (too Disney, too expensive) nor will it be Toy Storyish computer animation (too eerie, too common) but rather comic strips that we’ll simply pan across and zoom in and out of (tres punk, just right.)   Dude is perfect for the job, too, because not only is he a keen artist with a sharp wit, but he’s a founding member of Montreal‘s longest-lasting post-punk band (est 1980) American Devices, so there’s that.

Self portrait by R. Crumb, copyright R. Crumb.

Iconic American device and legendary artist R. Crumb said about Rick:  “…even more twisted and weird than me.”  So there’s that, too.

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