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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.

Thinking outside the box-office


The New Yorker box-office, September 1976;  photo by Brad Foster (we think.)

Continuing to organize the archives at Pogo H.Q., the better to get set for some fancy footwork during post-production of The Last Pogo Jumps Again, we came across this photo of the New Yorker box-office.  Very top left you can see the handbill for the first Ramones show that artist John Pearson did with a sharpie in about fifteen minutes.  Beside that, a flyer for Ali Akbar Khan;  on the right side, a one-sheet for Paul Bartel’s Private Parts (awesome!);  below that the seating plan for the shows (not a bad seat in the house, yo);  centre bottom a great shot of Bryan Ferry from the first show Roxy Music did at Massey Hall, and placed in the window of the box-office for no other reason than the fact we loved Bryan.   And dead center, the double-bill that was currently playing — and an announcement of the Ramones gig that upcoming Saturday.

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