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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.

The Scenics, photo by Rodney Bowes Diodes, photo by Ralph Alfonso Viletones
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Haitian friends of The Last Pogo
Haitian Voodoo Priest “Nestly”;  photograph by Frank Polyak We’ve made a lot of friends in the four years since we started shooting The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978, not the least being the Haitian Voodoo Priest pictured above.   Donations to help out the thousands in trouble in Haiti can be made at www.redcross.ca/donatenow. BREAKING: Pogo ...
The Cosy Brown Snow of the East
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Courtesy the punkpaper.free.fr Lucasta Ross plays with Steven Leckie & The Solutions! at the Last Pogo 30th bash December 2008; photo by Edie Steiner Lucasta and the rest of the B-Girls in 1977;  photo by Rodney Bowes The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director Kire Paputts is busying himself prepping his short film, but still has time to track down and interview more of the folks we need for our sprawling documentary.  Last week ...
Typical Grrrls
Photo by the amazing Rodney Bowes that warrants more than an italicized sub-title Now, that’s what I call a fucking photograph: The Curse’s Mickey Skin sporting her lobotomy scar;  Dr. Bourque cosying up to Sam Ferrara;  Trixie Danger;  Deborah “Blondie” Harry, The Diodes’ Paul Robinson;  to the right of Blondie, Patsy Poison and The Diodes’/Secrets‘ John Hamilton. Highaperture.com Today the Pogomobile loaded up co-directors Kire Paputts and Aldo Erdic and descended on a ...
It takes a Tiny Village
Steven “Nazi Dog” Leckie of The Viletones points at food, circa ’78;  photo by Rodney Bowes. THE LAST POGO (1978)  There’s a cool review of The Last Pogo in the current edition of the nifty webzine Tiny Mix Tapes.   They peg it a “masterful disaster-piece” and give us a sort of back-handed compliment with:   “…it’s the quick runtime that blocks The Last Pogo from reaching the pinnacle of the ...
And the rest is history, part one.
Handbill courtesy Imants Krumins R.I.P. Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton. When Ron’s band Destroy All Monsters played the Horseshoe in ’78 with Suicide and Teenage Head, the bands took turns headlining the three night gig.   After a packed audience rocked to Destroy All Monsters, then Teenage Head — they left, leaving a crowd of about 25 people to experience Suicide.    Singer Alan Vega leaped off the stage and terrified a table to ...
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