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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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Courtesy of Aldo Erdic

Today The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director Kire Paputts (with wing-man Richard Fiander handling second camera) hangs out in Grange Park with some of The Diodes, and An Awesome Friend Of The Project tries to get us a few moments with Godfather Iggy Fucking Pop on Friday, ’cause we need to hear his thoughts on all things punk, and find out what specific type of acid everyone was on when Iggy And The Stooges played the Victory Burlesque back in 1974.

Thanks to either Molten Core or Aldo;  shit, can’t remember.

Make sure to join ten thousand other people at Dundas Square this Saturday to watch still-thriving Iggy play a set in Times Square Jr.  Before you do that, you can catch The Diodes and The New York Fucking Dolls out in Burlington — we’re hoping for a word with Mr. Johansen at that one.

Gary Topp, ’73 or so, courtesy of Gary.

On Thursday, Kire heads out and visits the legendary Gary Fucking Topp for session number three.  We’ll be pouring through Topper’s archive of stuff, and putting a few more pieces of the puzzle together.  The New York Dolls in ’73, Iggy in ’74, Gary Topp at the same time — they are some of the major seeds that were planted and then sprouted into what we now call the Punk Era in Toronto’s history.  You won’t find this stuff out at the Toronto Archives, ladies and germs.

Aldo Erdic by Eddie Smith, copyright etc

That afternoon at 3:00 The Last Pogo Jumps Again second unit director Aldo Erdic is showing off his half-hour film Circa 1977:  The Diodes at the NFB Theatre as part of NXNE.  This premiere screening will be followed by a rare showing of Amos Poe’s 1975 Blank Generation, the film that, in part, inspired Gary Topp to starting bringing NYC bands to Toronto.  It’s all connected, man.

Singer John Paul Young of The Cardboard Brains;  photo copyright Vince Carlucci.

On Sunday Oz Studios, continuing to show ex-Cardboard Brains’ Vince Carlucci‘s awesome collection of photos — Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell (named after a song by one James Osterberg) is going to have a rare screening of the original 16mm print of The Last Pogo.  DVDS will be on sale:  one for $12.00, two for $20, and 619 for $4333.   Hey-o!

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