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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.

Toronto 1977
Illustration by Rick Trembles Yea, we know the map isn’t accurate, but its close enough for rock ‘n ‘ roll.    It gets one more pass:  we have to dirty the streets up a little, especially filthy old Yonge Street.
Shadowy Men
A  young Don Pyle photographed by Carm Ferrari Ex Crash Kills Five and Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet  Don Pyle kindly sent us some photos of Tyrrana and himself as a younger man, including the one above, by Carm Ferrari.  Don wrote Pogo H.Q. a note to remind them that prior to the Ramones second show at the New Yorker, in the spring of ’77, he asked theatre ...
Between the Buttons
Best punk band ever. Today co-director Kire Paputts heads up for visit #4 with legendary promoter Gary Topp to shoot buttons and other memorabilia in Topper’s joint.   Meanwhile, Cardboard Brains’ Vince Carlucci’s photo exhibit continues at Oz Studios at 134 Ossington Avenue.  This Friday they’re gonna screen The Last Pogo Jumps Again‘s second-unit director Aldo Erdic’s half-hour doc Circa ’77:  The Diodes along with The Last Pogo, and dvds ...
I Like Living in Scarborough (or why I don’t live there)
It’s awesome that we get stuff like this sent to us;  courtesy Rusty Longtrucks a.k.a. Rusty Chambers a.k.a. Mel Torment a.k.a. Evan Siegel Yea, well maybe a hacker got to us, maybe they didn’t:  The Pogo I.T. department have their hammers and blowtorches out and are in fix-it mode;  Pogo Cyber  Detectives are tracking down the IP address of the hacker; the authorities have been notified.
One Train Later
Photo courtesy of 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 ...
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
There’s not much to report lately on The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978 — except that we’re getting busier editing, and on the prowl for more photos and handbills and buttons, oh my.   If ya got stuff, it has to be 300 dpi, and the more the merrier.  Make sure you either have the ...
Never Mind the Bollocks
Sigh.  It turns out the Paul Cook we met on Facebook isn’t the Paul Cook who drummed for the Sex Pistols, and to avoid any further rumours,  Toronto Paul Cook photoshopped the above nifty graphic, clearly stating his case.   The Last Pogo Jumps Again Due Diligence Department will now launch a full-scale investigation confirming or denying other supposed Facebook pals such as King Kong, Martin Luther King Jr., and Viletone ...
Boo! Tofu. Sarah Palin H-bomb Best movie ever
Pretty Bad Boy
On-line memorabilia traders Molten Core gave us a bootleg of the first Ramones show in Toronto — the precise moment the time-line our project The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incompleat History of Toronto Hamilton London Ontario Punk Rock Circa September 24 1976 to December 1 1978, Part One — starts. Randy Johnston had had the incredible foresight to interview people in the audience that night (September 24, 1976) ...
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. Today the Pogomobile loaded up co-directors Kire Paputts and Aldo Erdic and descended on a ...
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