Colin Brunton and Kire Paputt’s monolithic and comprehensive doc about the birth of Toronto’s punk scene had it’s premiere at Bell TIFF Lightbox Theatre on March 23, 2013. The Last Pogo Jumps Again is undeniably a love letter to Toronto, showing how a cultural revolution happened in Toronto, right back to it’s day-one origins at the Roxy rep theatre on the Danforth.
Colin and Kire seem to have interviewed someone from every tribe that contributed to this explosion, accompanied by so much incredible rare footage of early bands and related arts. Don’t let the 3+ hours deter you from seeing this film if you have a chance. It’s enthralling and brilliant, hilarious and sad.
I’m proud to have some of my photos in the film. Here’s one of The Dishes from the quadrangle at University of Toronto’s Hart House, in 1977.
Spinner features me (or, as the headline says, “& More”) in their roundup of ten musicians who are also photographers. Watch Nikki Sixx and I rub elbows here. The slideshow also gives notice to one of my favourites musicians, who also happens to be a superb photographer, Nicola Kuperus of the group Adult. .
They use a Dead Boys photo taken at the Crash’n'Burn in Toronto in 1977. Here is another photo from that same show.
Sam Sutherland’s new book includes some of DP’s photos and is published by ECW Press, publisher of Trouble In The Camera Club. He can tell you about Perfect Youth better than I can:
“A forgotten musical and cultural history of drunks and miscreants, future country stars and political strategists
Perfect Youth is the story of the birth of Canadian punk, a transformative cultural force that reared its head across the country at the end of the 1970s. Bands like D.O.A., the Subhumans, the Viletones, and Teenage Head — alongside lesser-known regional acts from all over Canada — reshaped a dull musical landscape, injecting new energy and new sounds into halls, bars, and record stores from Victoria to St. John’s.
Reaching beyond the realm of standard band biographies, Sutherland unearths the detailed historical context of how the advent of punk reshaped the culture of cities across Canada, speeding along the creation of alternative means of cultural production, consumption, and distribution. Plus at least one story about a cop, a mailbag, and a bowie knife.”