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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.

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Wow. It seems like it was just 1461 days ago that we started shooting The Last Pogo Jumps Again: A Biased & Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk/New-Wave/Alternative Music Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978. Now we’re mostly into editing the beast, and with just a few vital interviews to nail down, it should all be over soon. Ish. Kinda like how Bob Segarini summed up the Crash ‘n’ Burn: “It was like getting a roofie into a Playmate of the Month…and…and you know when the roofie wears off, she’s gonna be gone.”
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Cover of book by Raynall Pellicer.

You’d think that after chatting up over 135 witnesses, musicians, promoters, critics, artists and the like; digging up piles of jpgs, newspaper clippings, and rare and never-before-seen footage, we’d have enough stuff by now, but that’s where you’d be wrong. Someone much wiser than us once said “The past is infinite” and don’t we know it. Even though we’ve put a hard bracket on the time-line we’re exploring, there’s always one more person, one more lead, one more story, one more dusty cassette. Mr. D, come on down!

God said to Abraham, “Kill me a son.”

On a non-The Last Pogo Jumps Again: A Biased & Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk/New-Wave/Alternative Music Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978-related note, one of our pals called Pogo H.Q. to inform them that Pogo co-director Colin Brunton‘s feature Highway 61 was a $600 answer on an episode of Jeopardy last week. Under the category “Bob Dylan“, the answer was “Canadian film that shares the same name as a 1965 Bob Dylan hit song.” The question: What was Highway 61? So there’s two things wrong about this: one, Dylan’s song was Highway 61: Revisited, not just Highway 61, and two — the woman who won the $600 made more than producers Brunton and Bruce McDonald made profit-wise. Oy.

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