Manitoba at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
|Birth name||Richard Blum|
|Also known as||Handsome Dick Manitoba|
January 29, 1954 |
The Bronx, New York, United States
|Genres||Punk rock, hard rock|
|Occupations||Singer, radio personality|
|Associated acts||The Dictators, Manitoba's Wild Kingdom, MC5, Manitoba, THE DICTATORS NYC.|
Manitoba is Jewish, and was born in The Bronx, New York in 1954. He started out his singing career as a roadie for The Dictators. He made his "official stage debut" with The Dictators at Popeye's Spinach Factory in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, in 1975. The band's first major-label album, The Dictators Go Girl Crazy! (Epic Records, 1975), featured his picture on the cover and he was listed as the "Secret Weapon". This is because, while he sang some lead and some background, he was still considered a "mascot" of the band. He sang more lead on The Dictators' second offering, Manifest Destiny, a 1977 release on the Asylum label. On Bloodbrothers, the third and final Dictators studio recording from the 1970s (also on Asylum, 1978), Manitoba sang lead vocals on almost all the tracks. The Dictators disbanded in late 1981.
The Dictators reformed in 1991 from the ashes of Manitoba's Wild Kingdom.
Manitoba is married to Zoe Hansen, a writer who is a former madame and brothel owner. Since 1999 Manitoba has operated "Manitoba's", a bar in New York City's East Village, where his wife is a manager and bartender.
In 2004, Manitoba began hosting "The Handsome Dick Manitoba Radio Program" in Little Steven Van Zandt's Underground Garage channel, on Sirius XM Radio. In 2005 the Village Voice awarded him "Best Satellite Radio DJ". The show continues to this day.
In 2007, Manitoba co-authored, with Amy Wallace, The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists (Backstreet Books).
A reformed Manitoba's Wild Kingdom played at the 2008 Joey Ramone Birthday Bash.
In January 2012 for Anything Anything with Rich Russo's radio show as part of the Light of Day festival in Asbury Park Manitoba, along with Ross the Boss, J.P. Patterson, Daniel Rey, and Dean Rispler, formed a new group, Manitoba. In May 2013 the group was renamed The Dictators NYC.
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- "MC5 Bassist Michael Davis Dead at 68". Guitar World. February 19, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
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- Handsome Dick Manitoba at AllMusic
- Manitoba's A bar operated by Manitoba.
- "Punk, and Jewish: Rockers Explore Identity" 2009 New York Times article.