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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.

Not so under construction after all!

Okay, we’re not really under construction — we’re just busy.   We haven’t dropped the ball on our beloved project The Last Pogo Jumps Again, but when people are paying your wage to work on other projects, it would just be downright rude to ignore call-times, melt-downs, and shooting schedules on some other TV/Film project, and secretly edit the new project.   So it’s all about time.  And money.  Which we don’t have any of, by the way (the powers that be in Canada that usually have no qualms about supporting unusual, niche projects have made it glaringly clear that they want no part of this Punk Rock thing;  what else is new!).  The hard-drive containing hundreds of hours of footage has been transported to — drum roll, please — a “real” editors suite, and we’re excited to start seeing some sequences put together.  Just not excited enough to blog any details yet though apparently.

So, while all eight of our regular readers are eagerly awaiting the next installment of which interview we’ve done over the weekend, which hard-drive dropped to it’s death or whatever…here’s a couple of other sites on the Internet Machine that are terrific diversion and way more entertaining than, say, blogs about which interview we’ve done over the weekend, which hard-drive dropped to it’s death or whatever.

Drunk Jays Fans.  Write that, add a dot com at the end, and you’ll find a refreshingly obscene and right-on daily blog for fans of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team.   Even if you’re not a fan, it’s always a fun read.  And if happen to be a fan of either baseball or they Jays, you’ve hit the jackpot.

Martin Millar.  Do the dot com thing again, except like this:, and you’ll find the occasional blog by a crazily talented Scottish writer called — you guessed it! — Martin Millar.  He’s written a few novels about werewolves and fairies and Led Zeppelin (and a bunch of others using a pseudonym) and in his novels there are appearances by, amongst others, the ghost of Johnny Thunders, drunk magic-mushroom-eating Irish fairies who’d rather play Ramones than traditional fairie tunes, and a lonely werewolf girl (in a great novel called Lonely Werewolf Girl) who lives for the Runaways and wishes Joan Jett were her mother.  If we were forced to come up with four word description of it, it might be “Harry Potter for Adults.”  If we had eight words, “F%#ing awesome!  It’s like Harry Potter for adults.”   The Last Pogo Jumps Again press corps recently sent Mr. Millar a copy of The Last Pogo (still available for only $12!), and he was cool enough to answer our email, telling us that he wouldn’t have become a writer were it not for the big punk rock explosion back in the seventies.

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