Stephen Stills
American musician
Stephen Stills
Stephen Arthur Stills is an American guitarist and singer/songwriter best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young). He has performed on a professional level in several other bands as well as maintaining a solo career at the same time. Stills was ranked #28 in Rolling Stone Magazine's 2003 list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
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The Eagles' '<em>Hotel California</em>' at 40, '<em>Buffalo Springfield</em>' at 50
Huffington Post - 3 months
Quick, what is the state anthem of California? If you answer 'California, Here I Come,' you are, like me, wrong. If your answer is 'I Love You, California,' you are an unusually well-informed career state employee. And if, like billions of people around the world, you answer 'Hotel California,' well, you are technically wrong but, oh so right. This month marks the 40th anniversary of the release of 'Hotel California,' both the song and the album it graces which is one of the most telling, and best-selling, albums of all time. The power and mystery of 'Hotel California' has tantalized and inspired, provoked and mystified ever since its exotic and evocative guitar figures and enigmatic lyrics were first heard 40 years ago. "It makes me want to go there and it makes me want to get away," said one tourist standing near a California street corner as a singer with a guitar gave the song a go. "Look at me," she said. "Here I am." December also marks the 50th anniversary of 'Buffal ...
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - 3 months
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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Neil Young: A Timely, and Timeless, Appeal
Huffington Post - 4 months
"The end of this war? The end of this war is when we solve the energy problem. This war is going on for a long, long time. This war will not go away until we figure out what we're doing here on the planet. This is a bad war." Neil Young 'The Charlie Rose Show' July 17, 2008 Even as his quirky yet essential place in the rock music pantheon was affirmed this month by his thunderously successful appearances at Desert Trip -- the massive, ultra-expensive mega-festival outside Palm Springs, California for classic rock aficionados, which also featured the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, the Who, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, and Bob Dylan -- recent events had also affirmed Young's sociopolitical relevance. Earlier in the year, Young, a staunch backer of Bernie Sanders, feuded ferociously with Donald Trump over the climate change denier and racism inciter's insistence on using Young's corrosively anti-corporate 'Rockin' in the free world' as his incongruous campaign song. Aft ...
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Fallen Eagle: Glenn Frey's Untimely Passing Points Up a <em>Long Run</em> Era
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The song from the car speakers sounded out sharp and vibrant and lilting across my high school parking lot. So much so I found myself sprinting across the lot, shouting at the parking driver not to turn off his radio. "What song, what band?," I asked. The disc jockey provided the answer at song's end; it was Take It Easy by a new band called the Eagles. The singer, I would soon find out along with much more as the '70s and '80s unfolded, was Glenn Frey. Fast forward to this MLK Day. I went online that afternoon to check on the latest polls in our rather alarming presidential race for a forthcoming piece, only to learn that Glenn Frey had suddenly passed away. It was quick a shock, since he was only 67 and he and the rest of the Eagles have regularly been touring the world for years, looking good and sounding great, a long run which, given the band's great popularity, I expected to continue for a long time to come. A lot has happened in the 40-odd years since I first dashed to hear ...
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Judy Collins at the Café Carlyle: A Master at Work
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Beginning with her first song, "Open the Door", Judy Collins had her audience at the Café Carlyle on the opening night of her two-week run in thrall. A performer for 56 years, her crystalline sound, whether she's accompanying herself on acoustic guitar or at piano, rang clear. Not a glass clanked, nor dish rattled. And that's for the intimate supper club the Café Carlyle epitomizes. The last time I heard her sing "Amazing Grace", she commanded the stage at a ballroom in the Hilton with 2200 guests to the same effect of rapt euphoria. There's nowhere else you'd wish to be than with her singing for you. Collins, a vision in white, sprinkled her set of favorites with some delicately suggestive gossip about the songwriters she was covering: wearing a terry cloth robe, she listened as Bob Dylan composed "Mr. Tambourine Man"; Joan Baez wrote "Diamonds and Rust" about Dylan (he was reportedly not nice to her); and, Stephen Stills' (with Crosby and Nash) "Helplessly Hoping" (they had a r ...
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Iconic Images From Rock And Roll Photographer Henry Diltz
Here And Now - WBUR - almost 2 years
Photographer Henry Diltz, then and now. (Henry Diltz) Henry Diltz is a former musician who took some of the most iconic photos of the 1960s and ’70s, many of which graced the covers of groundbreaking albums. Crosby Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Joanie Mitchell, the Doors, the Eagles, all became friends and subjects. Diltz also shot iconic magazine covers and continues to work today, but when he spoke recently to a group of 20-something students at the Berklee College of Music, it was clear his early work still resonates. He reflected on that early work with Here &amp; Now’s Robin Young. As you listen to their conversation, you can follow along with the images below. Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and David Crosby, 1969. They decided to be Crosby, Stills &amp; Nash (CSN) after this photo shoot was taken. When they all went back to retake the photos, the building had been torn down. This became their first album cover. (Henry Diltz) Joni Mitchell, 1971. (Henry Diltz) Neil Young ...
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WSJ Private Properties: Hot New York Properties
Wall Street Journal - almost 2 years
From a Brooklyn condo to a luxe apartment at the Baccarat, Candace Taylor discusses details of the homes with Tanya Rivero in WSJ's Private Properties. Photo: Stephen Sills
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Shopping With Stephen Sills: Firewood Containers: Put a Little Love in Your Hearth
NYTimes - about 3 years
It’s going to be a long winter. You’ll need a place to store all those logs.     
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Daydream Believers
Huffington Post - over 3 years
At the start of November 1966, The Monkees were at the top of the Billboard singles chart with Last Train to Clarksville, the group's first No. 1. It was later revealed that due to filming commitments on their TV series, none of the group had played on this or most of the group's early recordings. Are we bothered? So, where did these four cheeky, floppy-haired wannabes come from? In September 1965, the Hollywood Reporter ran the following advertisement: "Madness folk and roll musicians, singers wanted for acting roles in new TV show. Parts for four insane boys." The Monkees were born. These were the days when the seeds of Pop Idol and X Factor had yet to germinate in the mind of a five-year-old Simon Fuller. Englishman Davy Jones was a former jockey who had achieved some initial success on the musical stage (in 1964, Jones appeared with the cast of Oliver! on The Ed Sullivan Show the night of the Beatles' live American debut). Texan Michael Nesmith had served a brief stin ...
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Stephen Stills, Lucinda Williams headline KCSN benefit Nov. 3
LATimes - over 3 years
Stephen Stills' new blues band The Rides will headline the latest benefit concert for Cal State Northridge-based radio station KCSN FM (88.5) on Nov. 3 at the university's Valley Performing Arts Center.
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Conversations With Graham Nash, Allen Toussaint and Colin Gilmore, Plus Coney Hatch and Dom La Nena Exclusives
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A Conversation with Graham Nash Mike Ragogna: Hi Graham, how are you? Graham Nash: I'm doing good. I think we've spoken before. MR: Yes, and thank you very much again for that interview. GN: You're very welcome. MR: Your new book Wild Tales, to me is like the who's who and the what's what of the music business. You're like Kevin Bacon. We can play Six Degrees of Graham Nash now. GN: Yes indeed, oh boy. I think that's one of the things that publishers really like. They like that it's my voice, that it feels like I'm sitting in your kitchen talking to you and I was as honest as I could be. MR: Absolutely. Graham, you're in the heart of at least a half-dozen important music or otherwise "scenes" including Liverpool at the time of your group The Hollies and The Beatles, Laurel Canyon in LA when that became a happening, the anti-nuclear assembly of artists... So even if you think it's cosmic, what is your explanation? How do you rationalize all this? GN: I think that the universe ...
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The Rides pay no mind to generation gap
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
After recording an album's worth of material in a week at EastWest Studios in Hollywood, nailing many of the tunes in one or two takes, singing guitarists Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd and keyboardist Barry Goldberg racked their brains for what to call their new blues-rock band. Because I had played with the Ramones on the 'End of the Century' album, I was a little bit more familiar with that kind of idiom. The first thing that you learn when you're 12 is Jimmy Reed and the great adventure of picking out what the words are saying, especially with Robert Johnson, he says, which is like Whoopi Goldberg trying to decipher Mick Jagger's 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' in the movie 'Burglar.' Blip in blues historyStills did make a blip in blues history by appearing on the best-selling 1968 album "Super Session," on which he was co-billed with producer Al Kooper and singing guitarist Michael Bloomfield. Stills and Bloomfield did not perform together on the disc, however, Stills having bee ...
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3 Top Hip-Hop Names Rewrite the Rulebook
The Street - over 3 years
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- This column's name, For What It's Worth comes from the title of a song by Stephen Stills and his mid-'60s band, Buffalo Springfield. A protest anthem for the late '60s, the song's hook says simply: I think it's time we stop, hey, what's that sound? Everybody look what's going down That is the theme for each column: Looking at the obvious and seeing how it implies broader trends in our culture, in society. Those trends are evident in certain events, certain headlines, in the kinds of performers and songs that become popular, in the changes that are happening within the music industry, in the value that we put on music's various aspects. Lately, a confluence of trends has appeared, involving news from three top hip-hop artists, each independently reaching beyond musicians' traditional channels and so, helping to redefine the music industry. ... Click to view a price quote on T. Click to res ...
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Mike Ragogna: Magnetic: Chatting with Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik, Plus Daft Punk Meets Loverboy, and Exclusives from The Rides and The Slants
Huffington Post - over 3 years
photo credit: Eleanor Stills THE RIDES' "SEARCH AND DESTROY" On the trio's attack of "Search And Destroy," Kenny Wayne Shepherd says, "When Jerry brought it in as a possibility I thought it would end up being cool and basically sold Stephen and Barry on it based on the energy level and intensity. It sounds young and fresh and we put our own stamp on it. The original by the Stooges is more primal." "This was a great accident waiting to happen, a great choice that I resisted at first," adds Stephen Stills of the cover. "I wasn't familiar with it, then once I played it, it was the coolest thing I ever did. I put a Keith Richards spin on it and it sounds like a really good punk band is playing it." A Conversation with John Rzeznik Mike Ragogna: John, is this your tenth album? John Rzeznik: This is our tenth album. MR: And the name of it is Magnetic. Is it because all of the band members can't help but make music together? JR: You know what, actuall ...
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Music Review: Crosby, Stills and Nash With Jazz at Lincoln Center
NYTimes - almost 4 years
Folk-rock meets jazz in this fund-raiser featuring David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash — and Wynton Marsalis.     
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Mike Ragogna: Have Harmony, Will Travel: A Conversation with Carla Olson
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A Conversation with Carla Olson Mike Ragogna: Hi Carla, how are you? Carla Olson: I'm great. LA is not too hot today, and it's going to be a great day. MR: Every day is a great day in LA. CO: Well, that could be debated, but I think I'll probably just agree with you there. MR: [laughs] You have a new album, Have Harmony, Will Travel. How did you come up with the material for this one? CO: Several years ago, I was in between production projects, which is what I mainly do. I haven't done a studio album in a long time, mainly because I've been working at producing. One day I just thought, "Well, I'm in between projects. Maybe I should try to start something." I did have about half an album's worth of material written, but it wasn't really what I wanted to do at the time. I approached a could of people about doing a duet album, one of them being Peter Case, who I've known since the '70s, and he said, "Yeah, I'd love to." He loved the two suggestions of songs ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Stephen Stills
  • 2014
    On August 12, 2014, Watsky released the album "All You Can Do", featuring a song with Stills, "Cannonball".
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  • 2013
    On August 27, 2013, Stephen Stills released the album, Can't Get Enough with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg as the blues band The Rides.
    More Details Hide Details The band toured to support this release in 2013.
  • 2011
    In 2011, Stills contributed a song, "Low Barefoot Tolerance," to the soundtrack of a documentary produced by J. Ralph, Wretches & Jabberers.
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  • 2008
    Stills toured Europe as a solo artist for the first time during October 2008.
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    Stills said later in January 2008 that he had come through the operation with "flying colors."
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  • 2007
    On December 17, 2007, Graham Nash revealed on Larry King Live that Stills had been diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer and that his operation would take place on January 3, 2008, which is Stills' birthday.
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    On May 28, 2007, Stills sang the National Anthem for Game 1 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals between the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators in Anaheim, California.
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  • 2006
    Throughout 2006 and 2007, Stills toured regularly as a solo artist with "The Quartet", which consisted of drummer Joe Vitale, either Mike Finnigan or session player Todd Caldwell on keyboards, and either Kevin McCormick or Kenny Pasarelli on bass.
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  • 2005
    2005 saw Stills release Man Alive!, his first solo offering in 14 years.
    More Details Hide Details Man Alive! was released on the small English independent folk rock label Talking Elephant, and was not widely reviewed. The record did not chart on either side of the Atlantic, and was received lukewarmly by the few critics who did review it.
  • 1997
    In 1997, Stills became the first person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice in the same night for his work with CSN and the Buffalo Springfield.
    More Details Hide Details Fender Guitars crafted a custom guitar and presented it to Stills to commemorate the occasion, a Telecaster-style guitar bearing an inscription on the neck plate.
  • 1996
    His third wife is Kristen Hathaway (Kristen Stills) whom he married in 1996.
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  • 1988
    During a Manassas tour in France, Stills met and married his first wife singer-songwriter Véronique Sanson. Stills has since divorced and remarried twice. In 1988, he married Thai model Pamela Anne Jordan, with whom he had a daughter, Eleanor.
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  • 1984
    In 1984, Right by You would be the final Stills album to make the Billboard 200 album chart, with Stills Alone issued in 1991.
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  • 1979
    In 1979 he traveled to Havana, Cuba, to participate in the Havana Jam festival that took place between March 2–4, alongside Weather Report, the Trio of Doom, Fania All-Stars, Billy Swan, Bonnie Bramlett, Mike Finnigan, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge and Billy Joel, plus an array of Cuban artists such as Irakere, with whom he toured the US after the Havana concerts.
    More Details Hide Details His performance is captured on Ernesto Juan Castellanos's documentary Havana Jam '79.
  • 1976
    Also in 1976, Stills played percussion on the Bee Gees' song "You Should Be Dancing".
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    In 1976, Stills attempted a reunion with Neil Young.
    More Details Hide Details At one point, Long May You Run was slated to be a CSNY record, but when Crosby and Nash left to fulfill recording and touring obligations, they returned to find the other pair had wiped their vocals from the recordings, as Stills and Young decided to go on without their erstwhile partners as The Stills-Young Band. However, Young would leave midway through the resulting tour due to an apparent throat infection. Stills was contractually bound to finish the tour, which he did, but upon returning home, his wife - French singer-songwriter Véronique Sanson - announced she wanted a divorce and wished to move back to France. Stills reunited with Crosby and Nash shortly afterwards, thanks to the efforts of Nash's future wife Susan, who got Nash to forgive Stills for wiping the Crosby and Nash vocals from Long May You Run. This led to the permanent reunion of Crosby, Stills, and Nash in 1977, which has persisted to the present. Since, Neil Young has joined the trio for two albums, in 1988 and 1999, and tours in 2000, 2002, and 2006, along with various benefit performances.
  • 1974
    After the CSNY reunion tour in 1974, he signed to Columbia Records for three albums: Stills in 1975; Illegal Stills in 1976; and Thoroughfare Gap in 1978.
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  • 1971
    In late 1971, Stills teamed up with ex-Byrd Chris Hillman to form the band Manassas.
    More Details Hide Details Their self-titled double album was a mixture of rock, country, blues, bluegrass and Latin music divided into different sections. All of Stills' albums after Buffalo Springfield had gone either gold or platinum; the Manassas follow-up album the next year Down the Road was his first LP that did not.
    In 1971, Stills played guitar for the Bill Withers album, Just as I Am, including the Grammy-winning song, "Ain't No Sunshine".
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  • 1970
    In the wake of CSNY's success, all four members recorded high-profile solo albums. In 1970, Stills released his eponymous solo debut album which featured guests Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Cass Elliot, Booker T. Jones and Ringo Starr (credited only as "Richie") as well as David Crosby, Graham Nash, Rita Coolidge and CSNY drummers Dallas Taylor and Johnny Barbata.
    More Details Hide Details It provided Stills with the hit single "Love The One You're With." Stills followed this with Stephen Stills 2, which featured "Change Partners." Even though the song was written before CSN formed, Nash saw it as a metaphor for the many relationships in CSNY.
  • 1969
    For the CSN debut album in 1969, Graham Nash commented that "Stephen had a vision, and David and I let him run with it."
    More Details Hide Details Stills played every instrumental part on Crosby, Stills and Nash with exception of some guitar by Crosby and Nash, and drums by Dallas Taylor.
  • 1967
    He was involved with musician Judy Collins from 1967–69 and wrote the song Suite: Judy Blue Eyes for her.
    More Details Hide Details Stills' son, Justin Stills, was critically injured at age 26 snowboarding on Mt Charleston just outside Las Vegas in 1997. An episode of Discovery Health's documentary series Trauma: Life in the ER featured his treatment and recovery. Justin was born in 1972 to Harriet Tunis. Another son, Henry, has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, and is profiled in the 2007 documentary Autism: The Musical. His daughter Eleanor is a photographer and graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Since Eleanor's graduation, she has been responsible for all recent Crosby, Stills & Nash photography. Stills has a twenty-year-old daughter, Alex, who attends Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Son Chris and daughter Jennifer are both recording artists. His youngest son, Oliver Ragland, was born in 2004 and named in honor of Neil Young, whose maternal family name is Ragland.
    During the disintegration of Buffalo Springfield, Stills played on the Super Session album with Al Kooper, and joined up with David Crosby, who had recently been ejected from The Byrds in the autumn of 1967.
    More Details Hide Details At a party in Laurel Canyon, Crosby was introduced to Graham Nash by mutual friend Cass Elliott, (formerly of the Mamas and the Papas), and Nash found himself soon joining in singing with Crosby and Stills. Renditions of the latter's "You Don't Have to Cry," led to the formation of Crosby, Stills & Nash. Several of Stills' songs, including "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" and "You Don't Have To Cry" on the debut album were inspired by his on-again-off-again relationship with singer Judy Collins. In a 1971 interview in Rolling Stone the interviewer noted "so many of your songs seem to be about Judy Collins." Stills replied, "Well, there are three things men can do with women: love them, suffer for them, or turn them into literature. I've had my share of success and failure at all three."
    A Stills song off the Springfield debut, "Sit Down, I Think I Love You," was a minor hit for The Mojo Men in 1967.
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  • 1966
    In 1966 he convinced a reluctant Richie Furay, then living in Massachusetts, to move with him to California.
    More Details Hide Details Rumors were that Stills made an unsuccessful attempt to become one of The Monkees. He was reportedly turned down, not due to any lack of ability, but because of a conflict with his existing music publishing contract. So instead, he recommended his friend, multi-instrumentalist Peter Tork. In a later interview, Stills clarified by saying, "I never tried out for them! I have said this a million times! I went in there to sell my songs. Do you think in my wildest dreams I wanted to be a damn fake Beatle on television? (laughs) I was already writing songs, and I figured — I was young and dumb — that the only way I could get to them was a (casting) cattle call. I got in there and said, 'I’ve got all these songs.' And they said, 'That’s already been fixed.' I said, 'What, you’ve got some Tin Pan Alley (character) writing all the songs?' and they said, 'Yeah.' I said, 'I don’t want this job, but I know a guy you might like,' and that turned out to be Peter Tork."
  • 1964
    This group did some touring in the Catskills and in the South, released one album in 1964, then broke up in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details Afterwards, Stills, along with four other former members of the Au Go Go Singers formed The Company, a folk-rock group. The Company embarked on a six-week tour of Canada where Stills met a young guitarist named Neil Young. On the VH1 CSNY Legends special, Stills said that Young was doing what he always wanted to do, "play folk music in a rock band." The Company broke up in New York within four months; Stills did session work and went to various auditions.
  • 1945
    Born on January 3, 1945.
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