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Wayne County and Handsome Dick Manitoba: War of the Gargantuas

Susan Whitall, Creem, June 1976

NEW YORK — One early spring evening at CBGB's Wayne County was wrapping up his parody of Patti Smith when a disturbance erupted. All that the participants will agree upon is that Handsome Dick Manitoba of the Dictators was at one time or another on the stage, that he said "things" to Wayne, that some mention of "spit" was made, and that Wayne nailed him with a microphone stand. After that things erupted into a full-scale brawl; Manitoba's collarbone was broken and Wayne County was detained in the Tombs for a day. Says Wayne:

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