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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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Part of The Lost Generation

American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said “There are no second acts in America,” but we’re thinking that might not apply to Canada.   As we go through the five-hour rough cut (featuring fifty songs, yo!) we can’t help but think how fresh some of the thirty-year-old music sounds.   We don’t expect an Anvil-like resurgence to happen, but we think we’re going to turn a few heads once we get our film out there.

“You can’t repeat the past.”  I say, “You can’t?  What do  you mean, you can’t?  Of course you can.”   So sings Bob Dylan.

Songwriter and contemporary of beats Ginsberg et al, Rod McKuen wrote the song “(I Belong to) The Beat Generation”;  Richard Hell later adapted it and renamed it “The Blank Generation.”

And Richard, of course, was the one who started the whole ripped-shirt/safety-pin styling.

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