John Barry
English film score composer
John Barry
John Barry Prendergast, OBE was an English conductor and composer of film music. He is best known for composing the soundtracks for 12 of the James Bond films between 1962 and 1987. He wrote the scores to the award winning films Midnight Cowboy, Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa, in a career which lasted over 50 years. Born in York, North Riding of Yorkshire, Barry spent his early years working in cinemas, owned by his father.
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Here's How Critics Felt About The Original 'Star Wars' In 1977
Huffington Post - about 1 year
At last, the big week is here. After more than a year's worth of teasers, magazine covers and cryptic plot hints, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is mere days from being unleashed upon the globe. Some pundits say it could become the highest-grossing movie of all time -- a fate no one would have predicted in the early blockbuster days of 1977, even after the first installment surpassed "Jaws" to set its own box-office record. And before it was subtitled "Episode IV: A New Hope" (that didn't occur until its 1981 re-release, a year after "The Empire Strikes Back" opened), the original "Star Wars" was the subject of unprecedented frenzy. Critics, for the most part, adored the film, calling it "spellbinding" and "quietly sophisticated." While George Lucas' space opera was not without detractors (hiya, Pauline Kael), the Oscars followed suit with 10 nominations, including Best Picture. Will the Force be as strong when it awakens in theaters on Thursday night? While you wait to find out, ...
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Here's How Critics Felt About The Original 'Star Wars' In 1977
Huffington Post - about 1 year
At last, the big week is upon us. After more than a year's worth of teasers, magazine covers and cryptic plot hints, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is mere days from being unleashed upon the globe. Some pundits say it could become the highest-grossing movie of all time -- a fate no one could have predicted in the early blockbuster days of 1977, when the first installment surpassed "Jaws" to set its own box-office record. And before it was subtitled "Episode IV: A New Hope" (that didn't occur until its 1981 re-release, a year after "The Empire Strikes Back" opened), the original "Star Wars" was the subject of unprecedented frenzy. Critics, for the most part, adored the film, calling it "spellbinding" and "quietly sophisticated." While George Lucas' space opera was not without detractors (hiya, Pauline Kael), the Oscars followed suit with 10 nominations, including Best Picture. Will the Force be as strong when it awakens in theaters on Thursday night? While you wait to find out, her ...
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Journalism (Before the Huffington Post)
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
A few years ago a neighbor of mine presented me with an unusual gift-- the June 2, 1829 edition of The American Sentinel newspaper, published in Philadelphia by Jacob Frick and Company. The American Sentinel was a weekly newspaper and was only around for 20 years between 1820 and 1840. My neighbor Larry had the newspaper in a plastic container but it was in good condition. Newspapers have a poor shelf life-- there are newspapers from the 1960s, for instance, that seem to disintegrate the moment you touch them but The Sentinel was different. When I went home and took the newspaper out of its wrapping it did not crumble to pieces. The pages didn't even rip when I held the paper or turned it sideways. The quality of this paper seemed to be superior to others. Another thing about reading old newspapers is this: there is sometimes a pungent odor that seems to rise from the newsprint. The Sentinel has this in spades and for a moment or two I thought I might be breathing in a dusty, invi ...
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Evanston's first female mayor managed through consensus
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
As an enduring Evanston politician, whose career ran nearly two decades, Joan Barr-Smith saw her role as a moderator and consensus builder.
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Boy, 13, admits murdering builder after row outside block of flats - mirror.co.uk
Google News - almost 2 years
BBC News Boy, 13, admits murdering builder after row outside block of flats mirror.co.uk A 13-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to murdering a builder after a row outside a block of flats. The child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted stabbing 53-year-old Christopher John Barry in Edmonton, north London, on Sunday, December 14, ... Boy, 13, admits builder stab murderBelfast Telegraph 13-year-old boy becomes one of Britain's youngest killers as he pleads guilty to ...Daily Mail Boy, 13, Admits Murder After Builder StabbedSky News Evening Standard -BBC News all 49 news articles »
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Can Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Make the Big Oil Lawsuit Go Away?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Last week, Garret Graves, speaking for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, told the nominating committee for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East that the Governor would refuse to approve the reappointment of John Barry and Tim Doody should the committee recommend the two currently serving commissioners. The surprisingly candid announcement came from Graves in a public meeting in response to a lawsuit that the SLFPA-E filed against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies demanding that the industry repair the damage it did to Louisiana's coastal wetlands. Doody is president of the SLFPA-E and Barry is vice president and the chief spokesperson for the suit filed in July. According to the suit, the wetlands loss has increased the intensity of the storm surge and raised the cost of maintaining levees and floodwalls which are responsibility of the Authority East. The reaction from the Governor's office was swift and stinging, but held few meaningful objections. The protest s ...
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The "Solaris" Synthesizer Emerges From Behind the Iron Curtain
Artinfo - over 3 years
The "Solaris" Synthesizer Emerges From Behind the Iron Curtain On of the strangest and most beguiling moments in Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Solaris” comes not in space, where most of the 1972 film takes place, but on land. About a quarter of the way into the film, there is a simple scene of a car driving down a highway. The unbroken shot, which extends for several minutes, begins to take on other dimensions, opening room for contemplation. The car crisscrossing the labyrinthian highways starts to seem otherworldly. Yet one of the most intriguing things about this moment in the film is the music, and how it completely changes the way we view the scene. What at first resembles the light noise of traffic slowly transforms and emerges as a synthesized roar, turning this boring, automotive tableau into a journey into the unknown. The sounds you hear throughout “Solaris,” along with many other films by Tarkovsky, were created by Eduard Artemiev, an early pioneer of electronic music. The film’ ...
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Mike Ragogna: ASCAP Workshop: Chatting with Richard Bellis, Matthew Margeson, Michael Bearden, & Joe Trapanese, Plus Exclusives by The Grahams and Sweet Relief's Victoria Williams
Huffington Post - over 3 years
ASCAP CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF FILM SCORING "Our participants come to the Workshop at a critical point in their careers. We identify them just before they launch and provide a training ground for them to hone the skills they will need to succeed. Think of it as a finishing school." - ASCAP's Jennifer Harmon First, here's an introduction from ASCAP's official press release: "The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its annual Film & Television Scoring Workshop from July 8th - August 1st, 2013, celebrating 25 years since the program first launched in 1988. Founded by composer Fred Karlin, and co-produced with ASCAP's longtime veteran Nancy Knutsen, the Workshop has become one of the most well-respected programs in the world. In 1998, Emmy Award-winning composer Richard Bellis joined the workshop as a mentor and has served in that position for the last 16 years." And discussing the workshop and music in general are Richard Bellis a ...
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Flood Board Sues Oil And Gas Industry Over Eroding Wetlands
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW ORLEANS -- The oil and gas industry has cost Louisiana hundreds of acres of coastal land that serve as a natural buffer against flooding from hurricanes, officials in charge of New Orleans-area flood protection say in a lawsuit seeking to hold dozens of companies responsible. Corrosive saltwater from a network of oil and gas access and pipeline canals has killed vegetation and swept away mountains of soil, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East's board of commissioners claims in the lawsuit, which it filed Wednesday in Orleans Parish Civil District Court. The wetlands are considered a crucial buffer against hurricanes because they can help keep floodwaters from storm surge at bay. "What remains of these coastal lands is so seriously diseased that if nothing is done, it will slip into the Gulf of Mexico by the end of this century, if not sooner," the lawsuit says. The board says it will have to bear many of the costs associated with the need ...
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Family torn apart over father's £2.3million inheritance row after son accuses mother of writing him out of her will
Daily Mail (UK) - over 3 years
The family of Warwickshire manufacturing tycoon John Barry Wild, who died in 2009, went to London's High Court after Mr Wild's son Ian, pictured, refused to let his mother have her share of the inheritance.
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James Sims: Adding Music to Movies by Way of the Stage: Sleepless in Seattle to Kinky Boots
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Glancing at the shows nominated for Best Musical for this year's Tony Awards, it is easy to mistake the list as being a Hollywood box office report. All four shows -- Bring It On: The Musical; A Christmas Story, The Musical; Kinky Boots; and Matilda The Musical -- are derivatives of feature films, albeit the latter is based on the book rather than the '90s film adaptation. Is it that producers prefer the comfort of well-known stories, are creative types running low on original ideas, or are movies the new "out of town" tryout for a plot before heading to Times Square? Having recently made my way back to Los Angeles after spending the past five years in New York City, it's apparent that this Hollywood diet isn't exclusive to Broadway. Just this month, two major Los Angeles theaters mounted theatrical offerings rooted in film. The Pantages Theatre is presenting the national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert -- a musical adaptation of the 1994 Australian indie flick -- whi ...
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Grammy-Winning Producer Dies At 72
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK — Phil Ramone, the masterful Grammy Award-winning engineer, arranger and producer whose platinum touch included recordings with Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon, died Saturday of complications stemming from heart surgery, his family said. He was 79. Ramone, who lived in Wilton, Conn., had elective surgery on Feb. 27 to prevent an aortic aneurysm, son Matt Ramone said. He later developed pneumonia and died Saturday morning at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the son said. Few in the recording industry enjoyed a more spectacular and diverse career. Phil Ramone won 14 competitive Grammy Awards and one for lifetime achievement. Worldwide sales for his projects topped 100 million. He was at ease with rock, jazz, swing and pop, working with Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney, Elton John and Tony Bennett, Madonna and Lou Reed. One of the biggest names not to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ramone was on ha ...
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Busting Bureaucracy and the Beginner's Mind
Education Week - almost 4 years
Note: Rick Hess is on sabbatical through May 6th. If you're missing him, you might try to catch him while he's out and about discussing his new book Cage-Busting Leadership (available here, e-book available here). For updates on when he might be in your neck of the woods, check here. Meantime, a tremendous lineup of guest stars has kindly agreed to step in while Rick's gone and share their own thoughts on the opportunities, challenges, implications, and nature of cage-busting leadership. Guest blogging this week is Becca Bracy Knight, executive director for the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems. When you think of the word "bureaucracy," what's the first thing that comes to mind? Red tape? Sluggish workers who don't help customers? Government agencies that buy $600 hammers? Surveys show that across the political spectrum, Americans don't like bureaucracies, or the idea of their taxpayer dollars unnecessarily being tied up on administrative work. But ...
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Somber, Prayerful Christmas In Newtown
Huffington Post - about 4 years
* Smiles return for some; others not in the holiday mood * "Doesn't feel like Christmas," woman says * Priest sees reason to celebrate, says families need distraction By Daniel Trotta NEWTOWN, Conn., Dec 25 (Reuters) - Christmas has helped some people in the grieving Connecticut town of Newtown cope a little better with the shooting tragedy that killed 20 schoolchildren, while others have yet to feel the holiday joy. Smiles returned for those taking a respite from the mourning now that funerals for the victims have concluded. For the crestfallen, the holiday spirit was absent in a town that just buried its children. "We're getting through this with our faith and our prayer. People are smiling a little more now," said John Barry, owner of an information technology staffing company. "The week was so horrible. Now it's time to celebrate Christmas." This large ...
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Former Superintendent Of The Year Steps Down
Huffington Post - about 4 years
John Barry, a retired Air Force general and Colorado’s Superintendent of the Year in 2011, announced he will step down from his post as head of Aurora Public Schools at the end of the school year, CBS Denver reports. Barry's tenure encompassed the tragic Aurora movie theater shooting in July, which the district estimated put 150 former and current Aurora students, parents and staff in immediate danger. The superintendent was recognized earlier this year by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the district’s reaction to shooting. APS is Colorado’s sixth-largest district, enrolling nearly 40,000 students. Barry took over the superintendent job in 2006, and says he had only planned to stay with the district for five years, CBS Denver reports. After helping the Aurora district reduce the dropout rate, boost its graduation rate and improve state test scores, he senses now is the time to move on. According to the Denver Post, Barry informed the district Tuesday mor ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Barry
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 77
    Barry died of a heart attack on 30 January 2011 at his Oyster Bay home, aged 77.
    More Details Hide Details He is survived by Laurie, his wife of 33 years, and by his four children and five grandchildren. A memorial concert took place on 20 June 2011 at the Royal Albert Hall in London where the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Shirley Bassey, Rumer, David Arnold, Wynne Evans and others performed Barry's music. Sir George Martin, Sir Michael Parkinson, Don Black, Timothy Dalton and others also contributed to the celebration of his life and work. The event was sponsored by the Royal College of Music through a grant by the Broccoli Foundation.
  • 2009
    Age 75
    Barry and Black also composed one of the songs on Shirley Bassey's 2009 album, The Performance.
    More Details Hide Details The song, entitled "Our Time Is Now", is the first written by the duo for Bassey since "Diamonds Are Forever". After the success of Dr. No, Barry was hired to compose and perform eleven of the next fourteen James Bond films (Monty Norman is legally recognised as the composer of the "James Bond Theme"). In his tenure with the film series, Barry's music, variously brassy and moody, achieved very wide appeal. For From Russia with Love he composed "007", an alternative James Bond signature theme, which is featured in four other Bond films (Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker). The theme "Stalking", for the teaser sequence of From Russia with Love, was covered by colleague Marvin Hamlisch for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). (The music and lyrics for From Russia with Loves title song were written by Lionel Bart, whose musical theatre credits included Oliver!) Barry also contributed indirectly to the soundtrack of the spoof version of Casino Royale (1967): his Born Free theme appears briefly in the opening sequence.
  • 2006
    Age 72
    On 7 September 2006, John Barry publicly defended his authorship of the theme on the Steve Wright show on BBC Radio 2.
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    In 2006, a-ha's Pal Waaktaar complimented Barry's contributions: "I loved the stuff he added to the track, I mean it gave it this really cool string arrangement.
    More Details Hide Details That's when for me it started to sound like a Bond thing." Barry's last score for the Bond series was The Living Daylights (1987), Timothy Dalton's first film in the series with Barry making a cameo appearance as a conductor in the film. Barry was intended to score Licence to Kill (1989) but was recovering from throat surgery at the time and it was considered unsafe to fly him to London to complete the score. The score was completed by Michael Kamen. David Arnold, a British composer, saw the result of two years' work in 1997 with the release of Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project, an album of new versions of the themes from various James Bond films. Arnold thanks Barry in the sleeve notes, referring to him as "the Guvnor". Almost all of the tracks were John Barry compositions, and the revision of his work met with his approval – he contacted Barbara Broccoli, producer of the then upcoming Tomorrow Never Dies, to recommend Arnold as the film's composer. Arnold also went on to score the subsequent Bond films: The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.
    During 2006, Barry was the executive producer on an album entitled Here's to the Heroes by the Australian ensemble The Ten Tenors.
    More Details Hide Details The album features a number of songs Barry wrote in collaboration with his lyricist friend, Don Black.
  • 2005
    Age 71
    In 2005, the American Film Institute ranked Barry's score for Out of Africa No. 15 on their list of the greatest film scores.
    More Details Hide Details His scores for the following films were also nominated: Grammy Award Emmy Award nominations Golden Raspberry Award Max Steiner Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by the City of Vienna) Lifetime Achievement Award from World Soundtrack Academy (presented at the Ghent Film Festival) Barry was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1998. Barry worked on the soundtracks for the following James Bond films (title song collaborators in brackets): Excludes co-composed hits, e.g. Duran Duran's A View to a Kill) His four highest-charting hits all spent more than 10 weeks in the UK top 50. Barry's work began to be sampled in the 1990s by artists such as Dr. Dre and Wu-Tang Clan, with his "James Bond Theme" being sampled by performers as diverse as Bonobo, Gang Starr and Junior Reid. Fatboy Slim used the opening guitars from "Beat Girl (Main Title)" for "Rockafeller Skank" from his album, You've Come a Long Way, Baby (1998). The Sneaker Pimps also sampled "Golden Girl" on their single "6 Underground" (1996). Additionally, "You Only Live Twice" was heavily sampled on "Millennium" from Robbie Williams' second album, I've Been Expecting You. Barry was set to compose Thomas and the Magic Railroad but left due to scheduling conflicts.
    He was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Barry was married four times and had four children. He moved to the United States in 1975 and lived there for the remainder of his life until his death in 2011. Barry was born John Barry Prendergast, in York, England, and was the son of an English mother and an Irish father. His mother was a classical pianist. His father, John Xavier "Jack" Prendergast, from Cork, was a projectionist during the silent film era, who later owned a chain of cinemas across northern England. As a result of his father's work, Barry was raised in and around cinemas in northern England and he later stated that this childhood background influenced his musical tastes and interests. Barry was educated at St Peter's School, York, and also received composition lessons from Francis Jackson, Organist of York Minster.
  • 1999
    Age 65
    In 1999 Barry was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) at Buckingham Palace for services to music, and received the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award in 2005.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1988
    Age 54
    Barry suffered a rupture of the oesophagus in 1988, following a toxic reaction to a health tonic he had consumed.
    More Details Hide Details The incident rendered him unable to work for two years and left him vulnerable to pneumonia.
  • FORTIES
  • 1980
    Age 46
    He subsequently lived for many years in the United States, mainly in Oyster Bay, New York, in Centre Island on Long Island, from 1980.
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  • 1978
    Age 44
    He was married to Laurie from 1978 until his death.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had a son, Jonpatrick. Barry had three daughters, Suzanne (Susie) with his first wife, Barbara, Kate with his second wife, Jane, and Sian from a relationship with Ulla Larson between the first two marriages. Suzy Barry, who is married to BBC business journalist Simon Jack, is the mother of his two granddaughters, Phoebe and Florence Ingleby.
  • 1975
    Age 41
    In 1975 Barry moved to California.
    More Details Hide Details A British judge later accused him of emigrating to avoid paying £134,000 due the Inland Revenue. The matter was resolved in the late 1980s and Barry was able to return to the UK.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1965
    Age 31
    Barry also wrote the scores to a number of musicals, including the 1965 Passion Flower Hotel (lyrics by Trevor Peacock), the successful 1974 West End show Billy (lyrics by Don Black), and two major Broadway flops, Lolita, My Love (1971), with Alan Jay Lerner as lyricist, and The Little Prince and the Aviator (1981), again with lyricist Don Black.
    More Details Hide Details In 2001, the University of York conferred an honorary degree on Barry, and in 2002 he was named an Honorary Freeman of the City of York.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1962
    Age 28
    In 1962, Barry transferred to Ember Records, where he produced albums as well as arranging them.
    More Details Hide Details These achievements caught the attention of the producers of a new film called Dr. No (1962) who were dissatisfied with a theme for James Bond given to them by Monty Norman. Barry was hired and the result was one of the most famous signature tunes in film history, the "James Bond Theme". (Credit goes to Monty Norman, see here.) When the producers of the Bond series engaged Lionel Bart to score the next James Bond film From Russia with Love (1963), they discovered that Bart could neither read nor write music. Though Bart wrote a title song for the film, the producers remembered Barry's arrangement of the James Bond Theme and his composing and arranging for several films with Adam Faith. Lionel Bart also recommended Barry to producer Stanley Baker for his film Zulu (1964). Bart and Barry worked together in the film Man in the Middle.
  • 1959
    Age 25
    He was employed by EMI from 1959 until 1962 arranging orchestral accompaniment for the company's singers, including Adam Faith; he also composed songs (along with Les Vandyke) and scores for films in which Faith was featured.
    More Details Hide Details When Faith made his first film, Beat Girl (1960), Barry composed, arranged and conducted the score, his first. His music was later released as the UK's first soundtrack album. Barry also composed the music for another Faith film, Never Let Go (also 1960), orchestrated the score for Mix Me a Person (1962), and composed, arranged and conducted the score for The Amorous Prawn (also 1962).
    By 1959 Barry was gaining commissions to arrange music for other acts, starting with a young trio on Decca, coincidentally called the Three Barry Sisters, though unrelated both to Barry and the more famous Barry Sisters duo in America.
    More Details Hide Details The career breakthrough for Barry was the BBC television series Drumbeat, when he appeared with the John Barry Seven.
  • 1957
    Age 23
    Serving in the British Army, Barry spent his national service playing the trumpet. After his army service, he took a correspondence course (with jazz composer Bill Russo); he also worked as an arranger for the Jack Parnell and Ted Heath's Orchestra, and formed his own band in 1957, the John Barry Seven, with whom he had some hit records on EMI's Columbia label.
    More Details Hide Details These included "Hit and Miss", the theme tune he composed for the BBC's Juke Box Jury programme, a cover of the Johnny Smith song "Walk Don't Run", and a cover of the theme for the United Artists western The Magnificent Seven.
    Upon completing his national service, he formed his own band in 1957, The John Barry Seven.
    More Details Hide Details He later developed an interest in composing and arranging music, making his début for television in 1958. He came to the notice of the makers of the first James Bond film Dr. No, who were dissatisfied with a theme for James Bond given to them by Monty Norman. This started a successful association between Barry and Eon Productions which lasted for 25 years. He received many awards for his work, including five Academy Awards; two for Born Free, and one each for The Lion in Winter (for which he also won the first BAFTA Award for Best Film Music), Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa (both of which also won him Grammy Awards). He also received ten Golden Globe Award nominations, winning once for Best Original Score for Out of Africa in 1986. Barry completed his last film score, Enigma, in 2001 and recorded the successful album Eternal Echoes the same year. He then concentrated chiefly on live performances and co-wrote the music to the musical Brighton Rock in 2004 alongside Don Black.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1933
    Born
    Born on November 3, 1933.
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