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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.

Turned out a Punk

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A couple of weeks ago, The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director/producer Colin Brunton ventured out to the west end of Toronto to sit down with Fucked Up’s lead singer Damian Abraham and be interviewed for Damian’s podcast Turned out a Punk.

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Nash the Slash playing with Breathless, circa 1973

Among other things, they talked about: Nash the Slash the punk before punk in Toronto;  bringing your teacher to see the Viletones on the night Steven “Nazi Dog” Leckie promised to kill himself;  the brilliance of The Scenics; working the door at the first Ramones show outside of the U.S. after smoking a three-paper hash oil joint; Gary Topp, the unsung hero of Toronto culture; getting dirty secrets about filmmaker Alexandro Jodorowski from fellow iconoclastic filmmaker/author Kenneth Anger.  You can subscribe to the podcast on Itunes, or you can click here to have a listen.

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Jayne Mansfield call crash from Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon.

 

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