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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.

Postcards from Phillie

Pogo H.Q.‘s teletype machine buzzed with news from Philadelphia, P.A.:  Margarita Passion, nee Margaret Barnes, now Margaret Barnes-Delcolli, ex of Toronto and the punk record/clothing store/hangout New Rose, (said store having been immortalized by novelist William Gibson from story of the same name) and ex of  Viletones/The Secrets guitar slinger/lead singer Freddy Pompeii, nee Frederick De Pasquali — sent us a note via the Information Super Highway on the  World Wide Web confirming details of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of awesome rhythm ‘n’ blues band The Rolling Stones to further ideas contained in the film 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.

Margaret wrote to confirm — confirmed by steel-trap mind (really!) Freddy Pompeii — that yea, when Keith Richards got busted in Toronto for heroin in 1977 and went to court in 1978 — “…Don’t remember who made the t shirts. But yes Mick bought them plus fingerless gloves, sox, other tshirt that was actually a david johansen tshirt that said “Funky butt Chic”. I have photos and cover of the Sun if you want me to scan them and send them to you. Oh I almost forgot… Steven had these ankle belts for sale in New Rose and Mick bought them. I have them on in the centre spread that Shades did with me, Patsy and Ruby T’s.”

Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger, 1978, photo copyright Philippe Morillon

And what Margaret was replying to was a query by the Research Dept. at Pogo H.Q. confirming that as Keith went to trial in 1978, Sir Mick went down to New Rose and bought up all the “Free Keith” t-shirts they had on sale.

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