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2 SHOWS COMING SOON:

FRI, Aug 16th:

THE GREAT KEITH ELLIOT GREENBERG

Keith Elliot Greenberg, writer for the WWE pro wrestling organization for 20 years, producer of America’s Most Wanted for 10, author of too many books on a variety of subjects to mention here… enters my “YOU DON’T KNOW DICK!” podcast to share with you his amazing life experiences.

FRI, Aug 23rd:

MARISSA BABY

So my podcast guru tells me, “Not everyone has to be a big star. You can have guests who are fun, interesting “regular folk!” Marissa a tall dark haired sexy Puerto Rican, YEAH! gal, friend of my bartendress comes into Manitoba’s talking shit about how “my friends think I should have my own podcast” So I sez to her, I sez: “Yeah, and write a book while you’re at it, because you are so interesting and the WORLD IS WAITING FOR WHAT YOU THINK AND HAVE TO SAY!” Well, IT WAS ON!…I NOW HAD MY NEXT GUEST for my PODCAST…”YOU DON’T KNOW DICK!”

 

PAST EPISODES:

Episode 13 -Monte A Melnick, Ramones Tour Manager For Over 2,200 Gigs!
MONTE A MELNICK, A QUEENS,NY NATIVE, STARTED OUT PLAYING IN ROCK AND ROLL BANDS….AND WOUND UP BECOMING TOUR MANAGER FOR ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED,IMPORTANT, AND GREAT BANDS EVER, THE RAMONES!
DOES MONTE HAVE GREAT STORIES?,WHAT DO YOU THINK?, AFTER HANGIN’ WITH THE BOYS, AND RUNNING THE ROAD SHOW FOR OVER 2200 GIGS!!!

MONTE ALSO WROTE THE ONLY! RAMONES BOOK THAT COUNTS,…”ON THE ROAD WITH THE RAMONES”, WHICH HAS JUST ADDED 20 MORE PAGES(ENDLESS STORIES!) AND IS NOW ON AMAZON.YOU MISS THIS ONE AND YOU ARE AN ARSEHOLE!!

HDM

Episode 12 – The Bombastic Bullpen Betty Takes Over
My right hand woman, Bullpen Betty, smart, well spoken, and worldly makes me sound like a 3rd grade dropout with my Bronx accent.

Episode 11 – Some Of My Best Friends Are Gay
The laughs are never ending when the homosexual and heterosexual worlds collide, starring Mistress Formika, Miss Guy & Heather “Jessica Rabbit” Litteer.

Episode 10 – Erin “DIY” Fuckin’ Micklow
Hey everybody “you don’t know Dick!” my podcast is back on Broadway after a whole bunch of weeks of a whole bunch of shit going wrong!

Episode 09 – Chords – Tom Morello
American musician, activist and an all around amazing human being. Listen as we talk to Tom about his upbringing, getting into music, Rage Against The Machine and his new project The Atlas Underground!

Episode 08 – Minisode #1 – Mental Chess Attempting an experiment here on #YDKD where we do some random episodes of mental journeys to attempt to achieve two things: See what the attention span of our listeners is & give HDM some moments of reflection.

Episode 07 – Manic Panic – Tish and Snooky Bellomo
…Hair color and punk rock pioneers. Since their days in the original lineup for Blondie, they have witnessed some of the most seminal moments in rock and New York City history.

Episode 06 – Bushwhacked
It’s another free for all as Handsome Dick Manitoba and Bullpen Betty talk about a myriad of topics. Dick’s Quaalude conquests, his run in with Roger Daltrey and Freddie Mercury, the Oscars and more!

Episode 05 – Mixed Bag
Remember when Handsome Dick compared this show to Seinfeld as far as being about nothing? Well, this episode fulfills that quota.

Episode 04 – Interview with Lenny Kaye, Part 2
It’s part two of our sit down with Patti Smith guitarist, producer, writer and music legend, Lenny Kaye!

Episode 03 – Interview with Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith’s guitar player 4 eva!
Such a fascinating living part of Rock’n Roll history, that the interview lasted three hours …we HAD to break it into 2 interviews!

Episode 02 – Legalities – Frank Rothman
Episode number 2 of “You Don’t Know Dick” The Handsome Dick Manitoba podcast, is up and running and stars the fascinating defense attorney, Frank ROTHMAN,

Episode 01 – What About Bob? – Bob Gruen
On the inaugural episode of “You Don’t Know Dick!” we are joined by a good friend, legendary rock photographer, Bob Gruen. Bob’s life photographing rock n’ roll is nothing short of living, breathing music history.

HDM~~~EL HOMBRE

Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba, also known as “The Handsomest Man In Rock & Roll”, and the “World’s Greatest Entertainer” (at least since Sammy Davis Jr. left us) was born Richard Blum in The Bronx, New York, January 29, 1954. Richard is a musician, most well known for being the lead singer (for most of 45 years) with the New York City legendary punk band, THE DICTATORS.

MR. MANITOBA also spent 14 years (starting around 2004) on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, hosting “The Handsome Dick Radio Program“, a national show, 5 nights a week in Little Steven’s Underground Garage.

And that ain’t all folks!. Handsome Dick has owned the coolest rock ‘n’ roll tavern in the Western Hemisphere for just about 20 years now. Oddly enough, it’s called Manitoba’s Bar and it’s located at 99 Avenue B between 6 and 7 Streets in New York City’s, East Village, on…the lush beautiful island of Manhattan.

HDM occasionally sang lead with the MC5 (at the time called DKT/MC5) which included Michael Davis, “Brother” Wayne Kramer and Dennis “Machinegun” Thompson, founding members of Detroit’s legendary MIGHTY pre-punk rock and roll band, The MC5.

MR. MANITOBA was a guest on his pal, Jimmy’s television program, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon“. HDM was a major character on an ill-fated, half hour reality show called Barmageddon. He proudly sat with the late great chef, Anthony Bourdain chowing down on White Castles at MR. MANITOBA’S childhood Bronx White Castle.

HDM recently traveled to Nashville, TN to work on an album with the legendary Jon Tiven, recording 18 songs in 4 1/2 days with some of Nashville’s finest musicians.

“We feel confident the album will be released in 2019…. it’s called “Born In The Bronx”.

MR. MANITOBA has a new podcast:  “You Don’t Know Dick!” with Handsome Dick Manitoba. It’s available on itunes, Google Play & Stitcher.

“A podcast can reach an infinite amount of people…. because you don’t have to buy anything! All you have to do is turn on your cell phone AND SUBSCRIBE!!! AND PLEASE GIVE US A 5 STAR RATING AND GIVE US A NICE LINE OR TWO IN THE COMMENTS SECTION.

When was the last person you met that didn’t have a cell phone?…or an iPad…or a computer?…the world over… It’s all you got to do, turn it on, subscribe to it for FREE. Not only that, I’m not part of somebody’s idea, passion & dream.

I’m not filling in the holes/spaces of what somebody else has invented. I am creating the whole thing that I do. I will live and die with myself, it’s all up to me! I don’t have to push anything I don’t want to push. I don’t have to shill for a record label, for example.

I am no longer an actor in somebody else’s movie I am the director of my own movie”

HDM ~ HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA ~ 01/2019

WHASSUP??!!

HEY GANG,

HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA here…

My deepest own personal condolences to the death of the extension of my living room… the end of my clubhouse known as MANITOBA’S BAR.

There are so many deaths in life beside the ultimate one.

Each one takes a little piece out of us.

Each time we experience something that we love and it goes away, it’s another little chunk of life taken away from us.

It is in essence, a death of some sort..

At my age, we don’t hang out at pizzerias anymore.

We don’t hang out at schoolyards anymore.

We hang out at bars.

And to the people from all over the world, especially western Europe and all over America, I’m sorry I couldn’t keep the bar going longer.

Just last week, there were six people from England having a great time, talking about how their friends and their hometown mates love this bar.

It was one of Jimmy Fallon’s favorite bars, it was one of Drew Carey’s favorite bars, Tom Morello LOVED Manitoba’s… the Sopranos were known to stop by from time to time.

I never went to the newspapers with the stars that came into the bar. This bar was so iconic that we didn’t have to wave our flag to the media.

I always thought word-of-mouth was cooler anyway…

There are so many places called “bar” in New York City and if they closed, people wouldn’t give a shit … there is rarely a passion or a sadness when people’s average, generic bar closes…

They will go to the next “bar” and the next “bar”.

Folks came in and expressed the love and the passion that they felt about the bar… it gave me great joy, nachas in Yiddish, of having a bar that felt like it was something SPECIAL… like I created something that COUNTED… After all, you can sell anything…. what I tried to sell was atmosphere, spirit, history, and hopefully, a special New York City camaraderie.

An endless amount of people would come up to me, look me in the eye and say: “please keep this bar open”.

It meant so much to them.

In a neighborhood I have been hanging out in and living in for 50 years…

A neighborhood, whose culture I have known intimately for many of those 50 years, has now died, for the most part, as we know it.

I can honestly say I feel I did my part to keep OUR culture alive.

“It felt like home, it was unpretentious and relaxing and cool”. IT meant so much to THEM. I can’t tell you how many dozens and dozens of emails I’ve gotten ALREADY. Each one with a specific story about what MANITOBA’S meant to them, during their visits.

So in essence,

Like I helped create THE DICTATORS …like I helped create THE DICTATORS NYC …like I helped create MANITOBA’S WILD KINGDOM …like I helped create the HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA radio program on Sirius XM Satellite radio….

I created a unique bar: MANITOBA’S. That meant something to people and that will give them great memories… and for that, I am proud and grateful.

As far as all the haters go…

You are what’s known as keyboard gangsters.

It’s all good
It’s all good

AND….

A 95% positive rating after 20 years makes me feel a lot better than your anger and your hatred.

NOW

HATERS, GO AWAY!

I will continue to live the creative, productive life I have always cherished.

I also have the joy and love filling my heart I get from taking care of my son, JAKE.

I will put the same love, energy and passion I had with MANITOBA’S into every single thing I do in my life.

I will mail nothing in, whether it be a recording artist, songwriter, live performer, radio DJ, podcaster, author, etc.

So what’s next?

Who knows…Stranger things have happened than another MANITOBA’S BAR opening…

A live one man show on the horizon?

A book based on my thrilling 65 years?

Please keep a lookout for my first ever solo album.

A record deal is imminent!

The album will be called:

“BORN IN THE BRONX”

All coming…

THE MIGHTY MANITOBA SHALL RETURN

We had an amazing 20 year run and my desire now is to keep

MANITOBA’S.com

online.

So not only will you have a memory in your head

and in your heart,

But with our website, you can put your arms around an online memory by checking out the permanent photo COLLECTION that immortalized MANITOBA’S BAR.

Telling stories about the photos…

Photos that were given to us by the world’s great rock ‘n’ roll photographers.

It can be a living breathing thing if you want to send in your pictures…

Please enjoy the website… please let it add a dimension so that when you look at it,

You have a little extra joy.

To go along with your memory,

It’s been my pleasure

Entertaining YOU…

Laughing…

And listening to great music…

Watching Yankee games…

And having fun the way you’re supposed to have fun in a bar

in your clubhouse,
in my clubhouse,

I will miss it.

I will miss you.

ONE LOVE,

HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA

❤️⚾️❤️

BAR: MANITOBAS.COM

SITE: HANDSOMEDICKMANITOBA.COM

PODCAST: “YOU DON’T KNOW DICK!”

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ALEX ROSAS
@alexrosas_art

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