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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.

One Train Later

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He sold a guitar that would fetch $100K today to Eric Clapton for a couple of hundred bucks.  He jammed with Jimi Hendrix (Hendrix playing the bass, btw);  his band Zoot Money and The Big Roll Band tore up England in the mid-sixties;  Chas Chandler of The Animals gave him his first hit of Owsley LSD, and soon after he was swept up in psychedelia with the English band Dantaline’s Chariot.  He went back to study guitar in California after some success with The Animals;  he was in Soft Machine for awhile;  he played with Kevin Coyne, has had John Lee Hooker sit in with him, takes great photos and wrote a wonderfully evocative book, One Train Late.   In November of 1978, he and his band The Police played to a dozen or so folks at The Gary’s Horseshoe Tavern.  Today he sits down with The Last Pogo Jumps Again‘s L.A. director Amy Belling to chat about that show and the place “punk” has within in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.   We could film him for a month and still not get all the stories down.

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