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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.

Odds ‘n’ sods
Desk at Pogo H.Q.  Black panther, Super-8 rolls, hard drive, CD, Sharpie. Picked up a remixed (way more bass) Drastic Measures tune that’s in the film yesterday. When we picked up our High-Def transfer of some Forgotten Rebels footage today, we found out that the guy who did the transfer (at Toronto’s Super-8 transfer joint, Exclusive Film and Video) fairly lost his shit when he realized just what ...
Trouble in the Camera Club
The Fourth Terrabyte
No, no no — not the 9th Configuration, the 4th Terrabyte. As post-production ramps up at Pogo H.Q., the hard-drive holding 300+ hours of interviews and archival footage started humming a not so happy tune, and so we instantly despatched a beleaguered p.a. to pick up a massive 4 terrabyte external drive for some back-up.  Safety first, beauty last, financial responsibility a distant third. No, no no — ...
If Charlie Parker Was A Gunslinger, There’d Be A Whole Lot Of Dead Copycats
Today’s blog title lifted from the blog of the same name at Oscar Wilde’s crypt Anais Nin and Henry Miller Beatniks on stage Hippies Anonymous
Old School Graphic Design
Vice. And versa.
When former Viletone Steven Leckie took to the stage at The Last Pogo 30th Anniversary Bash at the Horseshoe Tavern back in 2008, he told the audience (to paraphrase via shoddy memory) that he could “…quote more lines from A Clockwork Orange than things my father told me.” In one of the three interviews we did with Leckie for our soon-to-be-completed project The Last Pogo Jumps Again, ...
Motion Picture Purgatory
Comic strip review, copyright Rick Trembles. The absolutely coolest review our project The Last Pogo (1978) got was Rick Trembles‘ comic strip review that appeared in the Montreal Mirror as part of Rick’s weekly Motion Picture Purgatory series upon the release of the DVD in 2008.   (And hey — there’s still copies to be had for the low low price of $12.00;  visit the store.) Detail from same ...
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 ...
I Like Living In Scarborough
Swollen Members at the Shock Theatre;  photo by Paul Till Big thanks to photographer Paul Till for the photo of Evan Siegel twisting to a Swollen Members tune at the Shock Theatre in 1977, and to Cardboard Brains’ Vince Carlucci for digging up this old newspaper ad.   Yes kids, we made our own handbills without the help of a computer and not everyone looked what you might have thought ...
In the gutter, looking at the stars
Counter culture doesn’t mean mould and fungus in the kitchen. As Pogo H.Q. gets the equipment readied and the Pogomobile (today a streetcar) revved up and ready for an interview with filmmaker Ron Mann,  a younger head in the R & R Division wasn’t sure what we meant by “counter-culture“, a phrase that popped off our list of questions.   According to Wikipedia (so you know it’s true):  Counterculture (also ...
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