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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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Montreal-based artist Rick Trembles did all of the graphics for our movie The Last Pogo Jumps Again, as well as design the promotional t-shirt, poster and the font we used for subtitles.  If you wanna learn more about Rick’s artwork, then you should definitely be clicking on this link here, and watch a PowerPoint presentation.  Good stuff.

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We came upon this tweet by Globe & Mail columnist Geoff Pevere.  Geoff had written a review of Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, and called it one of the best sequels ever.  The editors at the Globe shortened that to something like “Best Sequel Ever”, and Geoff was compelled to straighten everyone out by pointing out that his vote for best sequel ever would be for The Godfather 2.  After a bit of twittering dialogue back and forth between him and some others, he then popped in this cool quote.  Nice words, Geoff!  Granted, The Last Pogo Jumps Again might be the only sequel to a punk movie — we can’t think of any others — but we’ll take it, and you can be sure that “The Empire Strikes Back of punk” will surely be on the packaging for the inevitable DVD/Blue Ray release (happening in around six months or so.)  But before that happens, around February, Geoff’s book on Teenage Head will be out, published by local indie Coach House Press. We’ll keep you posted.

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And once a screen shot of Geoff’s tweet got on Facebook, none other than Charlie Huisken of the late great Toronto bookstore This Ain’t The Rosedale Library added the comment that The Last Pogo Jumps Again screening he attended in November would be on his top ten list of cultural events in Toronto for 2013.  This Ain’t The Rosedale Library started in 1979, and after a couple of moves, had to close shop in 2010.  One of the many quirks was that they would not only stock hard-to-get books and favour the avant-garde, but they always had a big section on baseball.  If you go to this link, you can read a brief history of it.

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Hat tip to Gary Topp of legendary promoters (with Gary Cormier) The Garys for posting this awesome pic on his Facebook page.  Nothing to do with our movie, but close enough for rock ‘n’ roll.  And hey — anyone remember that Aldous Huxley died on November 22, 1963 also.  He got so Farrah-Fawcetted!

 

 

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