Barbara Manning

Barbara Manning (born December 12, 1964 in San Diego, California) is an American indie rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. In addition to her solo career, Manning has been active in a number of bands, including 28th Day (with Cole Marquis), World of Pooh, S.F. Seals and The Go-Luckys!. In addition to being a highly-regarded songwriter, Manning has distinguished herself as an interpreter of other writers' songs. Artists she has covered include The Bats ("Smoking Her Wings"), Richard Thompson ("The End of the Rainbow"), Badfinger ("Baby Blue"), Jackson Browne ("These Days"), Portastatic ("Through With People"), Amon Düül ("Marcus Leid"), and Les Paul and Mary Ford ("Blow The Smoke Away"). Manning sings the opening track, "San Diego Zoo", on the 1995 album Wasps' Nests by Stephin Merritt's side project The 6ths. Her cover of Marianne Faithfull's "The Shalala Song" can be heard in Jon Moritsugu's 1994 film Mod Fuck Explosion. Barbara is the host of a weekly radio program called Radio Detour on the Chico, CA listener supported station KZFR. She is also currently playing in a new rock four-piece called The Sleaze Tax.


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    Fame Whore
    Fame Whore
    (1997) 69 min
    Jon Moritsugu
    This film involves three interwoven stories with the only seeming connection being the delusions of the...
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