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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.

All Tomorrow’s Parties
The esteemed Mr. Gibson in a poster created by Seattle artist Charles Whiteside. Directors Brunton and Paputts got together for a meeting today to discuss loose ends and how to tie them up as regards The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  The Film That Has So Far Taken Over Twice As Long To Make As The Actual Period (September 24 1976 To December 1 1978) It’s Covering For Fuck’s Sake, ...
In the Summer
Image from daymix.com Pogo H.Q. is abuzz with activity as the editing continues, the last interviews are lined up, and the staff and crew are scheming up what sort of April Fool’s Prank they can pull.  Will we announce that The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978 will now be released in 3-D?  Will we blog ...
Call Todd
Slow weekend at Pogo H.Q.  A little bit of work on the website to bring the “What?” section up to date;  wrote a note to Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll thanking them for the awesome article about the Pogo they’ve got in the April issue;  working out schedules with the Hummer Sisters Marion Lewis and The Scenics’ Ken Badger (Ken — turn your email on!);  working on a last-chance note to ...
Hungry Chuck Biscuits
Xenia at The Last Pogo 30th Anniversary Bash in 2008;  photo Edie Steiner The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director Kire Paputts interviewed ex-B-Girl Xenia last week, and discovered that besides somehow still looking nowhere near her real age, she’s a Yoga instructor, and maybe that’s a clue.  Over the next few weeks we’ll be chatting with original Diode and Johnny & The G-Rays drummer Bent Rasmussen, back in town after some ...
Release the hounds
A phrase that could mean different things for different people (and I mean you!)  Suffice to say, here at Pogo H.Q. we’re ramping up all of our work on The Last Pogo Jumps Again, and hope to picture lock this winter, and then go through the grueling post-production phase and get this sucker out there in 2010. While co-director Brunton makes his yearly pilgrimage to Indian Head, Saskatchewan, directing and editing ...
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