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New Music from EIGHT BALL! Check it out!

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Posted by Chuck Gee - August 1, 2017 at 9:48 AM

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Rock on the Range 2017 in review

 

Day 1. Friday

First off. My first ROTR. My SNL had an extra wristband so I was chosen by my daughter (his wife of course) to go with him since she couldn’t.

I have attended other festivals so I sort of knew what to expect but the rain was unforgiving and a headliner at times. And on all three days. In Kentucky where I live, It’s in a bend in the Ohio River. Storms come up, give it their best shot and are gone in a matter of minutes and we fire the grill back up. I noticed in Columbus the storms are like unwanted guests that show up and don’t want to leave. Seems like the clouds just parked themselves over the arena.

 

BearTooth. I had never heard of them. My SNL had. They were Read more…

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Posted by Chuck Gee - May 24, 2017 at 8:27 AM

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“How Lineup Changes Affected Bands Differently” Rock Of Ages” Podcast!

Welcome to Ages of Rock Podcast!

Your co-hosts, Allen Tate, Bill Algee and Dennis

Talbott are 3 middle aged, semi mature, Midwestern men….

Talking Rock!

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Episode 027 – How Lineup Changes Affected Bands Differently
In this episode we talk about a few bands (with guest co-host Trapper Crane) experiencing lineup
changes and what affect those changes (good and bad) had on bands.
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Posted by Chuck Gee - June 21, 2016 at 6:31 AM

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KickActs interviews KT Paige from “Romantic Rebel”!

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Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and where you can be found online.
-KT: “My name is KT Paige. I sing for Romantic Rebel and I’m the Disney Princess of Horror. We’re most active on Facebook (Facebook.com/RomanticRebelRocks) so make sure you check out our page to see when we’ll be tearing up a venue near you!”
Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

-KT: “I’m a huge fan of Stevie Nicks. I love her singing and her style in general. I also love Alice Cooper and Danny Worsnop for their music and stage presence.”
Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?
-KT: “Definitely network as much as possible and make as many friends in the business as you can. Also, you can only play the same circuit for so long. If you want people to hear your music, you have to tour outside of your city, state and region.”

What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?
-KT: “Nothing comes to mind. We usually take all advice we receive into consideration.”

Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?
-KT: “Playing Louder Than Life Fest was one of the coolest gigs we’ve played to date. Running into some of my band friends, as well as some of the musicians I look up to backstage, was pretty cool!”

Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or boobs? Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?
-KT: “I paint a lot of zombies and puppies.”

What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?
-KT: “It seems that a lot of bands nowadays feel that they don’t need to actually play their instruments or sing when they play shows. Sometimes the band’s album was produced to make the band sound better than they really are and when the time comes to perform it live, they can’t live up to the perfected sounds on the recording. So as a result, they use a multitude of tracks to give the illusion that they can actually play their parts just like the album. I’m not talking about background synth or strings that can give a live song body. It’s when singers are moving their mouths to melodies that are out of their range and guitarists are moving their hands up and down the guitar neck to a complicated riff. The way I look at it, if you can’t play it live, don’t put it on the album.”<——–HELL YEA I AGREE! (Editor)

Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?
-KT: “I don’t think it really affects it. Excluding: Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, etc., most of the contestants on the show rarely make a dent in the industry after the show ends.”

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?
-KT: “It’s a problem that is always going to occur. So the only thing you can do is think about the fact that your music is being spread around, even if it’s not in the most ideal manner.”

Tell us something about each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear.
-KT: “Alex is a huge fan of all things Star Wars, Marvel and DC. Zach is completely obsessed with candy. Ty claims he loves Stars Wars, but he still hasn’t seen The Force Awakens.”

Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?
-KT: “If I didn’t know what a vinyl album was, I don’t deserve to be in band. I don’t own a record player, but I’ve bought ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ as a gift for someone who does.”

Which would you rather hear in concert? Lip syncing or real vocals?
-KT: “I think you know my opinion of this by now.”

Who, or what, is the next big thing?-KT: “Only the Music Gods know the answer to that…”


One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is…
-KT: “Right now, it’s Fleetwood Mac, but that will probably change next month.”

Favorite movie of all time and why.
-KT: “Hardest. Question. Ever. I have an answer for every genre.”

Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s where you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead KT PAIGE and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

-KT: “We’ll be heading out on tour this Summer, so come to a show and party with us!”

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Posted by Chuck Gee - May 17, 2016 at 5:37 AM

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Bad Girl For Christmas (Funny Christmas Song)

If you like funny Christmas music with a naughty twist, have I got the perfect song for you. My friend Allen Tate (aka Big Al) wrote and released a Christmas song back in 2012.

Purchase from one of the online retailers linked here: http://www.bigalrocks.com/discography/bad-girl-for-christmas/

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Posted by Chuck Gee - November 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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Fall Concert! First United Methodist Church Oct. 4th. Henderson, KY

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Posted by Chuck Gee - September 29, 2015 at 7:59 AM

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The “Henderson Area Arts Alliance” new website!

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Posted by Chuck Gee - September 1, 2015 at 8:28 AM

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“The Darkness” just keep on delivering the goods!!

Beside Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, who else is there that oozes rock and roll? “The Darkness” that’s who! Justin and the guys keep delivering the goods! And if you are a member of their fan club and order something, you may get an extra gift in your rock package just because the guys are just that freakin’ cool! They also reply to their fans on Facebook! Check out their latest video below where the guys channel Freddie Mercury, Sweet, Slade, Bowie and dare I say Rod the Bod Stewart! ROCK ON!

For more on “The Darkness!
After releasing an audio YouTube video of “Open Fire”. The Darkness has just released the official video to the song! Check it out. You really can’t go wrong with Justin and the gang!

More on the Darkness!

Is the Darkness the answer to Queen?? <HERE>

The Barbarian video! <HERE>

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Posted by Chuck Gee - July 28, 2015 at 8:10 AM

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Phoenix Hill Tavern Closes (Louisville KY)

PHT_Logo_200x200The place had been around about 40 years and showcased a great many talented entertainers over the years. Here is the owner’s official statement from their website. Share your favorite memories of the place in the comments section!

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 1, 2015
For immediate release:
Official message from Ben Rogers – Retired Owner and Founder.
“Thank you Louisville. It was a great gig!”
The Phoenix Hill Tavern and Jim Porter’s Good Time Emporium closed permanently today.
Please accept my VERY sincere apologies for the abrupt manner in which the clubs closed; and to anyone the closings will effect in a negative manner. (Especially staff members and entertainers.) Because of some agreed to contractual terms, and concerns about safety and liability issues after a closing warning announcement – while trying to control a cash only business – well…“pulling the plug” was just the safest way to do this. PHT is under contract with a first class real estate developer who
I’ve personally researched and selected. The developer is proposing to work closely with The City to deliver a best of class development that will be very positive for the community. Based upon confidentiality agreements, the developer cannot be disclosed at this time, but they plan to introduce themselves and their plans in the near future.
Jim Porters has been bought out by MSD to make way for the MSD “Project WIN.” I want to emphasize that the earlier than expected closing for Porters was my own personal decision and not at MSD’s insistence. I am sure MSD will move forward and do great things for the health and environment of our community. The contents of Jim Porters will be sold very soon in a series of online auctions at wardlowauc.com.
So… this is my heartfelt goodbye… It has been my great honor and privilege to serve literally generations of Louisvillian’s for the past approximately 40 years. I started Phoenix Hill Tavern in 1976, when I was 21 years old, in one tiny room – on the 2nd floor – of a run down warehouse, that my beloved parents Sonny and Mary Ruth Rogers owned on Baxter Ave. “PHT” / “The Hill” eventually expanded into the entire warehouse and became a sprawling 25K sq. ft. “Live Music Showcase.” It operated continuously for 40 years.
I took over the lease at Jim Porters / “Porters” after the building on Lexington Road, also owned by my parents, sat vacant for 2 or 3 years. I completely remodeled and upgraded it, re-opening it as an 18K sq. ft. “Good Time Emporium” in 1990. It operated continuously for 25 years.
In my very biased opinion, I believe these were the 2 most successful nightclubs in the history of our city. It wasn’t because of me; it was because of the people who worked for me. The clubs were certainly two of the most enduring. I do know that they were deeply enjoyed and loved by many – especially me. I always thought of the clubs and staff members as family members. For me personally, this will be bittersweet. I have truly loved being in the bar business. I am so grateful for so many things; the people I’ve met, the tremendous staff members I’ve worked with, the experiences I’ve enjoyed, the life and business lessons I’ve learned, the bands I’ve booked and the friends I’ve made; but most of all I am SO grateful and humbled by the loyalty and support of our community over the years. I wish I could stay forever, however after 40 years in the bar business and having just turned 60 years old – with some increasing health related issues – this was just something whose time had finally come. A natural evolution of things, if you will… “It’s finally just time for me to hang up my spurs and turn the page.” I have no plans to continue on in the bar / restaurant business in any capacity.
Finally, I thank God for allowing me to end this incredible 40 year journey on my own terms.
We intend to settle with our creditors and this will be a successful discontinuance. This will be my only statement. Please, no media interview requests.

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Posted by Chuck Gee - June 3, 2015 at 7:51 AM

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So, does “The Muse” really exists?

What is the “Muse” you may ask. Well, by definition, “the Muse or Muses” in Greek mythology are the nine daughters of Zeus and  Mnemosyne. They were in charge of the arts, music, lyrics, comedy, and more.

From Wikipedia:

  “The Muses, therefore, were both the embodiment’s and sponsors of performed metrical speech: mousike (whence the English term “music”) was just “one of the arts of the Muses”.”

They were also of the jealous type. Which leads me to this.

As I look back over time. Over and over there seems to be a repeating pattern. Though we literally have had thousands of actors/actresses, writers, painters, poets, and musicians, it seems only a select few come to the top and soar at a young age. They stand way out in front of everyone else. Usually it’s about one per decade. They shine and then for some reason are snuffed out as quickly as a flame on a birthday candle. Is it due to their addictions? Underlying issues? Hobbies? Recklessness? Just plain dumb luck or something else. Something like a…Muse?

No one “really” knows where the gifts come from I suppose. Some say they are handed out by God. Some say they are gifted from their deceased ancestors that have passed it on from generation to generation. Some believe that the Muses actually  hand pick those that are “worthy’ of a gift, a talent, or a possession. Others have been known to have gone down to the ‘Crossroads” and made a deal with the devil or “Scratch” as he is sometimes known as. Hence the scripture, “Principalities, Powers, World Rulers of Darkness, and Spiritual Wickedness in High Places”. But, over and over, someone takes off and makes and incredible mark upon the landscape and then they are quickly…gone. I have often wondered, does the individual that becomes “that” icon, do they realize it and do they wonder if they are “next”.

So do they just “Live fast and Die young” due to bad habits and addictions or or did the Muse come for them? Or, did these young super stars realize that they were on the path of destruction and when they tried to pull out, the Muse stepped in and well, for lack of a better term. Called in their note.

Take for example Music. It’s a universal thing. It moves us. It changes us. It can, if we allow it, shape us. It goes to the very soul of most of us. Very few people could “live without” music and be content. Everyone has a favorite song or lyric. Something about it that sparks the human soul. Some worship God with it. Some worship celestial beings with it. Music gets us rowdy, it can also calm the troubled soul. We fight to it. We make love to it. We go off to wars being lead by it. It’s far more than just back ground music or noise.

In the following paragraphs I will explore some examples as to why I think there is “Muse”. All of these artists burnt out too soon, but as to why they did? I don’t have the answers. Only questions. Let’s go back in time.

 

The Beginning 

Robert Johnson

Robert_Johnson A master at the Mississippi delta blues and looked up to from the likes of Eric Clapton. He was ranked # 5 at out 100 all time guitar greats by Rolling Stone magazine. He played juke joints, street corners and Saturday night dances. He is the guy that was rumored to have went “down to the crossroads” and made a pack with the devil. He found no fame or fortune while he was alive. Supposedly poisoned by a jealous husband he died at the age of 27.

“THE 50’s”   

James Dean.

“A Rebel without a Cause”

James_Dean_in_Rebel_Without_a_Cause  A rising but ultimately a brief shooting star. A complex individual. His acting skills skyrocketed him to fame and admiration. He set the standard from the American teenager of the 1950’s. The “I don’t give a damn” attitude he personificated. Everyone wanted to be James Dean. His clothing style and rebel attitude is still emulated to this day. Girls wanted to be with him and guys wanted to be him. Henry Winkler ‘s character the “Fonz” from the 70’s sitcom “Happy Days” was based loosely on him.

A lot has been said about James Dean over the years. The stories of the women he  dated. The reported stories of him also having boyfriends or at least male sex partners. (He has been quoted as saying “No, I am not a homosexual. But I’m also not going to go through life with one hand tied behind my back.”)   The legend of James Dean lives on long after the man himself has passed. One can watch any of his movies such as “East of Eden” or “Rebel without a Cause” and see he was truly a genius.

His demise. An avid fan of racing cars, he was on his way to a racing event in Salinas California in his Porsche 550 Spyder when a Ford Tudor pulled out at an intersection on Highway 466 and slowed down. James Dean’s car slammed into the Tudaor almost head on. His Mechanic Rolf Wütherich was thrown from the car and though he was badly injured he lived. However, on September 30, 1995, at the age of 24, James Byron Dean on a deserted California highway, drove off into History.

 

“The 60’s”

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper

“The Day the Music died”

Tribune-1959-02-04  His songs “That’ll be the Day” and “Peggy Sue” busted the music charts wide open. He inspired countless others after him. From the Beatles to Eric Clapton. He is known for setting up the standard for which most rock bands to this day adhere to. Two guitars, one bass, a drum set and a singer.

He blazed hot for four short years. “The day the music died” goes the lyrics to a song written by Don McLean of that fateful day. On the early morning of February 3rd, 1959,in a winter snow storm, a small Beechcraft Bonanza airplane took off from Clear lake Iowa heading toward Minnesota. It went down within five miles of the runway it had just taken off from. Three young and budding rockstars lay scattered about the frozen ground. It would be at least ten hours before they were found. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper flew into History. Ritchie being the youngest at 17 and The Big Bopper being 28. Buddy Holly was 22…Was it just dumb luck, bad weather, or a combination of all of these plus bad piloting skills from the pilot or did the Muse have something to do with it? I don’t have a smoking gun on this one.

 

“The 70’s”

   For some reason it seems the Muse went into overtime during the 70’s. There were several shooting stars that flamed out too fast. I will cover a few of the more prominent ones.

   Jimi Hendrix

  Jimi_Hendrix_performing_-The_Star_Spangled_Banner-_at_Woodstock,_August_18,_1969 Rock and Roll’s original guitar gunslinger. He was left handed and played the guitar left handed but strung right handed so the strings were upside down. According to Wikipedia, in 1969 he was the world’s most highest paid rock star of the time. His blazing guitar solos and heavy Voo Doo type funky rhythms and fuzz tones made him the poster child for the hippie movement. His rendition of the  “Star Spangled banner” closing out Woodstock is heralded as the greatest moment of the 60’s. He stated once in an interview that nobody cared about him they only cared about his guitar playing… Drugs and alcohol would be his downfall. On September 18, 1970, at the age of 27, Jimi slipped over into the purple haze of the afterlife and left this world.

Janis Joplin 

  Janis, another icon of the 70’s, actually more from the sixties but she is mostly remembered for the early 70’s. One of theimages first female Rock stars. She fronted the band ” Big Brothers and the Holding Company” before going out as a solo artist. She rode hard and she hung up wet. An early outcast at school, she was once quoted as saying” “I was a misfit. I read, I painted, I didn’t hate niggers.” She also performed at Woodstock like her fellow afterlife mate Jimi. She was so unhappy with her performance she didn’t allow it to used in the Woodstock movie. If you read on in Wikipedia it talks about her classmates voting her “Most ugliest man on Campus”. She had the voice of a Whiskey torn Bluesy goddess but she was tender and vulnerable on the inside…She along with Grace Slick, busted the doors wide open for future female artists. Her love affairs were many. From having sex with her female friend Peggy to doing psychedelic hard drugs. She lived a fast life. After receiving a dose of heroin that was too strong, On October 4, 1970, at the age of 27, Janis went to sleep at the Landmark Motor Hotel and woke up somewhere in the cosmic universe leaving her psychedelic porsche in the parking lot. Her song “Me and Bobby McGee” released  posthumous, was her only number one hit.

Jim Morrison

  Jim_Morrison_1968Jim Morrison, the Lizard King. Lead singer and song writer of the band “The Doors”. Another causality of the late 60’s early 70’s time frame. More of a spoken poet than singer Jim Morrison along with the Doors songs were a staple of the late 60’s. Songs like “Hello’ I love you”, “Light my Fire” and “People are strange” summed up the psychedelic drug culture of the time. Morrison also was an accomplished writer releasing to self published books of poetry. A bohemian and frequent drug user Jim slowly dissolved into a shadow of himself. Gaining weight and growing a beard, trying to incite a riot at show and being accused of exposing his “lizard king” to the audience and being late became the norm. Jim went to Paris in March of 1971 and rented an apartment on the Rue Beautreillis. On July 3rd, 1971 after supposedly ingesting Heroin and snorting cocaine (no autopsy was performed) Jim, lit his fire and at the age of 27, slipped over the side of life and into the night everlasting.

Lynyrd Skynyrd

  You can’t scan the radio stations today without finding “Free Bird”, “Sweet Home Alabama” or “Simple Street Survivors1Man” being played somewhere. Formed in 1968 in Jacksonville Florida and eventually settling on mocking the name of their P.E. teacher whom hated their long hair Lynyrd Skynyrd was basically “kicking Southern Ass” straight out of the gate. On October 20th 1977, after playing a show at the Greenville Memorial Auditorium in South Carolina. The band boarded their chartered plane to Baton Rouge Louisiana. They never made it. Due to a faulty engine and running out of fuel the plane crashed near Gillsburg Mississippi killing 6 members of the band and crew. The story doesn’t stop here though. Ronnie Van Zant was the singer of the band. According to Wikipedia, Ronnie was quoted as saying many times that he would not live to be 30 years old. Here is an excerpt.

“According to former bandmate Artimus Pyle and family members, Van Zant frequently discussed his mortality. Pyle recalls a moment when Lynyrd Skynyrd was in Japan: “Ronnie and I were in Tokyo, Japan, and Ronnie told me that he would never live to see thirty and that he would go out with his boots on, in other words, on the road. I said, ‘Ronnie, don’t talk like that,’ but the man knew his destiny.”[10] Van Zant’s father, Lacy, said, “He said to me many times, ‘Daddy, I’ll never be 30 years old.’ I said, ‘Why are you talking this junk?’ and he said, ‘Daddy, that’s my limit.'” Van Zant’s father later noted that, “God was a jealous god. Taking him for reasons I don’t know.”[10] Van Zant was 29 years old at the time of his death.”

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 The 80’s

John Belushi

 john belushiJohn is one of the older ones on our list today. One of the original cast members of the not ready for prime time players of “Saturday Night Live”, He basically carried the show with his characters and antics. He was also a member of the Blues Brother’s band and stared as “Bluto”  in the now classic movie “Animal House”. Who can forget  “Samurai Delicatessen” or “Cheese burger, Cheese burger, Cheese burger no Pepsi” skits! John was extremely funny and a versatile actor. He suffered from extreme highs and extreme lows. On March 5th, 1982 John chased the dragon for the last time. and  was found dead by overdose. Years later his drug dealer acknowledged she injected him with the lethal dose of drugs and served 15 months in prison for it.

Randy Rhoads

  A true shooting star. He burst on the scene after being recommended to audition for Ozzy Osborne. randy-rhoadsWho at the time had been recently fired by Black Sabbath and was looking for a guitar player to start a new band with. The story goes that Randy showed up late one night after Ozzy hearing Toni Iommi clones all day. He set up his practice amp and started tuning his guitar and Ozzy said “you got the job” without him even actually playing. Randy, raised up around music his whole life took guitar lessons while he was young. The guitar teacher eventually telling Randy’s mom that he couldn’t teach him anymore because he “knew” everything he knew. Randy was in a somewhat successful LA. based band called “Quiet Riot” before teaming up with Ozzy. Randy’s guitar technique combined classical music and rock. The two albums he made with Ozzy were trendsetters and took the rock world by storm. He rapidly was voted “Best new talent” in the “Guitar Player Magazine” in 1981. And just like that, he was gone in March of 1982. He died in a plane crash. His guitar playing was ions above everyone else at the time. An interesting note. It was well known he was going to leave Ozzy and go back to teaching.  The autopsy report stated that Randy’s right hand was missing in the plane crash. His picking hand. Did the Muse give him that talent and take it away?

The 90’s

Kurt Cobain

I hesitate to even mention Kurt because in reality. He took his own life. But with saying that. He had his demons too. Growing up a kid in Washington, a place known more for bands like Queensryche, Kurt took a way of life and hard times and somehow managed to draw it out in his music. His ideas and stripped down music caught the world by surprise and he, like everyone in this article inspired an entire generation. He almost unofficially opened and closed the “grunge” movement. In his song “Come as You Are” He swore he didn’t have a gun but sadly he did. On April 5, 1994, in an upstairs room in his house in Seattle Washington, at the age of 27, Kurt being quoted as once saying “he would rather burn out than fade away” took his own life and closed the grunge movement.

I could go on and on and add more people. There are several admiral mentions to such as River Phoenix, Heath Ledger, Amy Winehouse to mention a few names.

  So, does the Muse exist? Is it real? Or did these shooting stars just come to an untimely end? Some by their own demons and some by just plain dumb luck? What do you think?

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Posted by Chuck Gee - April 30, 2015 at 9:55 AM

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