Tori Amos
American singer
Tori Amos
Tori Amos is an American pianist, singer-songwriter and composer. She is a classically trained musician and possesses a mezzo-soprano vocal range. Amos originally served as the lead singer of 1980s synthpop group Y Kant Tori Read, and as a solo artist was at the forefront of a number of female singer-songwriters in the early 1990s.
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The Queer Icons Still With Us In 2017
Huffington Post - 3 months
There’s an urban legend that the Stonewall riots happened because gays were so upset by the death of Judy Garland. That never understood that until 2016, when we were all devastated by the loss of one queer icon after another ― David Bowie, George Michael, Debbie Reynolds, Alexis Arquette and so many more. There was even a rumor John Waters was about to go ― turns out he was just celebrating Christmas by passing a kidney stone. So don’t worry, John’s fine. And so are a ton of fabulous queer icons who are not just still alive, but producing some amazing work. And not just just kidney stones. Whether they’re gay themselves, or allies, or somewhere in between, the LGBT community’s role models are particularly important, since we’re often rendered invisible or closeted. When you hardly ever see your community held up as aspirational, you learn to be protective of the ones who make it, like Wanda Sykes, or the allies who’ve stood by us, like Cyndi Lauper. A lot of ...
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Tori Amos channels Valkyrie fury and 'Mad Max's' Furiosa for rape documentary song 'Flicker'
LATimes - 4 months
Singer-songwriter Tori Amos is here for Audrie and for Daisy, and she’s bringing a cleansing fire. “As the song was developing, I began to see and hear the Valkyries were very much coming into the chorus,” Amos says of “Flicker,” the song she wrote for the teen-rape documentary “Audrie & Daisy.” ...
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Tori Amos Reissues 'Boys For Pele': The Album That Taught Me To Understand Art
Huffington Post - 4 months
Westworld's Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) paints what she sees early on in the series. HBO's remarkable series Westworld revolves in part around a character called Dolores who--spoiler alert--is slowly discovering her soul. In the most recent episode, viewers witness this growth through Dolores's art. From the beginning of the series, the character has painted landscapes--realistic, representational, traditional oil paintings of the scenery laid out before her. Now she has evolved to paint what she sees in her imagination, what she feels in her soul, and it looks barely like anything anyone but Dolores would recognize. I "majored," in a way, in art from middle school through high school. I can't expect most people to understand, but being a gay teen in a public Virginia school was something between a war zone and a prison. Art class was a reprieve. I began to draw in middle school: I usually finished my reading assignments and quizzes ahead of most of the rest of the class, a ...
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Listen to an Unreleased Song from Tori Amos’s ‘Boys for Pele’
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
"In the Springtime of His Voodoo (Rookery Ending)" appears on the upcoming 20th anniversary reissue.
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Macabre Minstrel Alu Sings About Disease, Divorce And Survival On Her New Album
Huffington Post - 5 months
Suffering has long since served as a well of inspiration for the creative-minded. From death and heartache to failure and addiction, artists have always found a way to soothe their souls by manifesting their pain into an artform. Los Angeles based siren, Alu, released her fourth full length album, Mrs. Hypochondriac, on October 14th. She has been dubbed "the siren of psychosis" by Echoes Radio and "Kate Bush on a broomstick" by Campus Circle and while she resembles these comparisons, her music possesses an intimate depth that is incomparable. Alu admires a vast array of artists such as Tom Waits, Radiohead, Chopin, Joni Mitchell and two artists to whom her sultry voice is often compared, Tori Amos and Bjork. Mrs. Hypochondriac was produced by Alu as well as multi-instrumentalist, Gabe Morley with its namesake being derived from a long battle with invisible illness. "I had a lot of weird symptoms that doctors couldn't explain. People often accused me of being a hypochondriac," she ...
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First Person: Tori Amos on how her experience with sexual violence shaped her song for 'Audrie & Daisy'
LATimes - 6 months
Note: Tori Amos’ new song “Flicker” was written for the documentary “Audrie & Daisy,” which Netflix released streaming and in theaters at the end of September. The film, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, tells the stories of two girls, both victims of sexual assault and social media bullying. ...
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This Is The Most NSFW Coloring Book We've Ever Seen.. And It's Brilliant
Huffington Post - about 1 year
(Note: The images below are sexually graphic and may not be appropriate for work or other sensitive environments.) A powerful, compelling and very NSFW coloring book is providing queer men with the opportunity to consider and question their own personal relationship with heartbreak and casual sex. The queer coloring book, called LAST NIGHT I DREAMT THAT SOMEBODY LOVED ME, comes from Texas-based artist and illustrator Nathan Rapport. His idea for the book stemmed from going through a tumultuous breakup and the ways in which art as therapy allowed him to question his relationship with casual sex during these tougher emotional times. Much of the impact of LAST NIGHT I DREAMT THAT SOMEBODY LOVED ME comes from its playful yet poignant juxtaposition of male-bodied individuals engaging in group sex with the lyrics from classic and beautiful heartbreak songs by singer-songwriters like Tori Amos, Annie Lennox and Prince. "I knew the concept was very universal, and not specific to queer ...
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This Is The Most NSFW Coloring Book We've Ever Seen.. And It's Brilliant
Huffington Post - about 1 year
(Note: The images below are sexually graphic and may not be appropriate for work or other sensitive environments.) A powerful, compelling and very NSFW coloring book is providing queer men with the opportunity to consider and question their own personal relationship with heartbreak and casual sex. The queer coloring book, called LAST NIGHT I DREAMT THAT SOMEBODY LOVED ME, comes from Texas-based artist and illustrator Nathan Rapport. His idea for the book stemmed from going through a tumultuous breakup and the ways in which art as therapy allowed him to question his relationship with casual sex during these tougher emotional times. Much of the impact of LAST NIGHT I DREAMT THAT SOMEBODY LOVED ME comes from its playful yet poignant juxtaposition of male-bodied individuals engaging in group sex with the lyrics from classic and beautiful heartbreak songs by singer-songwriters like Tori Amos, Annie Lennox and Prince. "I knew the concept was very universal, and not specific to queer ...
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New Artist Reviews: May Devun
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Shadows have many layers. They contain a chill, dark core, a complete absence of light blocked by an opaque object, like when the moon casts its shadow over the earth. On the outermost edge of the shadow, is a less dark region known as the penumbra, a space where light and dark commingle. Much can be analogized with the penumbra, like how it represents the dichotomy of human nature or the limbo of twilight before dawn. Los Angeles musician, May Devun, is the musical manifestation of the penumbra with her newest album, aptly titled, Penumbra Lounge. Previously a critically acclaimed progressive metal guitarist and composer, Devun completely changed her musical trajectory, leaving the darkness of the rock world for the penumbra of R&B lounge music. Her versatility is apparent in that she has found success in both genres as well as creating a signature sound. To new listeners, this genre jump may seem drastic but because of Devun's passion for music, the change came naturally and se ...
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Sara Bareilles Braves Broadway, Book Writing
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Sara Bareilles became known to millions in 2007 when her ironic "Love Song" cemented her a place among timeless pop classics and ultimately went platinum three times over. Bareilles later endeared herself to the LGBT community when her 2013 song "Brave," written as a message to a gay friend who struggled with coming out, became an instant anthem for a generation. As a writer, vocalist and composer, Bareilles is uncommonly talented. Those talents, plus more than a little ambition, have built an impressive resume: she has issued five studio albums and three live albums that have garnered her six Grammy Award nominations. She released a memoir in October, and this month will issue her fifth album, What's Inside: Songs from Waitress. Waitress is a 2007 film starring Keri Russell about an unhappy woman who serves pies for a living. This would seem like a totally random inspiration for Bareilles's new album had she not written and scored the new musical of the same name, set to debut ...
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Early Buzz: Bobcat, 'Night Vale,' Prince and more
USA Today - almost 3 years
Today's headlines also include Tori Amos and The Cure.
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Tori Amos Hopes Her First Musical Is Bleak Enough
NYTimes - over 3 years
Five years in the making and set to open in London, Tori Amos’s first musical, “The Light Princess,” features a heroine whose grief sends her skyward.     
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Dublin Fringe Festival: Taylor Mac - A 20th Century Concert, Abridged (REVIEW)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Taylor Mac wants you to let go of the claustrophobic baggage of the 20th century. Bringing this year's Dublin Fringe Festival to a close, Mac brings a strikingly unusual blend of entertainment and art - part drag act, cabaret, stand up comedy and piercingly observant social comment. He delivers on all levels. In full Kiss-style makeup, a long red shiny wig and loose-fitting dress, he asks his audience to stretch their arms out like a Goth diva and breathe heavily to the beat of a grand piano in a bid for the ultimate cathartic release. Christ-like poses and en masse panting - a theatre experience crossing the line into Performance Art. So what was wrong with the last century? Mac has a long list - in two hours he reels off the shortcomings of ten decades with a song list covering racism, homophobia, gender labelling and the reign of the white patriarchy, amongst others. Taylor Mac Opening with Tori Amos' Precious Things, played with Mac's accompanying four-piece band, the a ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tori Amos
  • 2016
    In early 2016, Tori Amos announced via Twitter that the album Boys For Pele is slated for a deluxe reissue later in the year, following the deluxe re-releases of her first two albums in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Released in conjunction with The Beekeeper, Amos co-authored an autobiography with rock music journalist Ann Powers titled Piece by Piece (2005). The book's subject is Amos's interest in mythology and religion, exploring her songwriting process, rise to fame, and her relationship with Atlantic Records.
  • 2014
    Amos's 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines, was released on May 13, 2014, via Mercury Classics/Universal Music Classics in the US.
    More Details Hide Details Its first single, "Trouble's Lament", was released on March 28. The album was supported by the Unrepentant Geraldines Tour which began May 5, 2014, in Cork and continued across Europe, Africa, North America, and Australia, ending in Brisbane on November 21, 2014. In Sydney, Amos performed two orchestral concerts, reminiscent of the Gold Dust Orchestral Tour, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. According to a press release, Unrepentant Geraldines was a "return to her core identity as a creator of contemporary songs of exquisite beauty following a series of more classically-inspired and innovative musical projects of the last four years. is both one further step in the artistic evolution of one of the most successful and influential artists of her generation, and a return to the inspiring and personal music that Amos is known for all around the world."
  • 2013
    September 2013 saw the launch of Amos's musical project adaptation of George MacDonald's The Light Princess, along with book writer Samuel Adamson and Marianne Elliott.
    More Details Hide Details It premiered at London's Royal National Theatre and ended in February 2014. The Light Princess and its lead actress, Rosalie Craig, were nominated for Best Musical and Best Musical Performance respectively at the Evening Standard Award. Craig won the Best Musical Performance category.
    On August 18, 2013, a concert in honor of her 50th birthday was held, an event which raised money for RAINN.
    More Details Hide Details Studio albums Amos, who has been performing in bars and clubs from as early as 1976 and under her professional name as early as 1991 has performed more than 1,000 shows since her first world tour in 1992. In 2003, Amos was voted fifth best touring act by the readers of Rolling Stone magazine. Her concerts are notable for their changing set lists from night to night. Little Earthquakes Tour: Amos's first world tour began on January 29, 1992 in London and ended on November 30, 1992 in Auckland. She performed solo with a Yamaha CP-70 unless the venue was able to provide a piano. The tour included 142 concerts around the globe.; Under the Pink Tour: Amos's second world tour began on February 24, 1994 in Newcastle upon Tyne and ended on December 13, 1994 in Perth, Western Australia. Amos performed solo each night on her iconic Bösendorfer piano, and on a prepared piano during "Bells for Her". The tour included 181 concerts.; Dew Drop Inn Tour: The third world tour began on February 23, 1996 in Ipswich, England, and ended on November 11, 1996 in Boulder. Amos performed each night on piano, harpsichord, and harmonium, with Steve Caton on guitar on some songs. The tour included 187 concerts.; Plugged '98 Tour: Amos's first band tour. Amos, on piano and Kurzweil keyboard, was joined by Steve Caton on guitar, Matt Chamberlain on drums, and Jon Evans on bass.
    In 2013, Amos collaborated with the Bullitts on the track "Wait Until Tomorrow" from their debut album, They Die by Dawn & Other Short Stories.
    More Details Hide Details She has also stated in an interview that a new album and tour will materialize in 2014 and that it will be a "return to contemporary music".
  • 2012
    On May 1, 2012, Amos announced the formation of her own record label, Transmission Galactic, which she intends to use to develop new artists.
    More Details Hide Details One of the first artists signed is singer-songwriter Lawrence Casey.
  • 2011
    In September 2011, Amos released her first classical music album, Night of Hunters, featuring variations on a theme to pay tribute to composers such as Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Granados, Satie and Schubert, on the Deutsche Grammophon label, a division of Universal Music Group.
    More Details Hide Details Amos recorded the album with several musicians, including the Apollon Musagète string quartet. To mark the 20th anniversary of her debut album, Little Earthquakes (1992), Amos released an album of songs from her back catalogue re-worked and re-recorded with the Metropole Orchestra. The album, titled Gold Dust, was released in October 2012 through Deutsche Grammophon.
  • 2010
    After a brief tour from June to September 2010, Amos released the highly exclusive live album From Russia With Love in December the same year, recorded live in Moscow on September 3, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The limited edition set included a signature edition Lomography Diana F+ camera, along with 2 lenses, a roll of film and 1 of 5 photographs taken of Tori during her time in Moscow. The set was released exclusively through and only 2000 copies were produced.
    During her contract with the label, Amos recorded vocals for two songs for David Byrne's collaboration album with Fatboy Slim, titled Here Lies Love, which was released in April 2010.
    More Details Hide Details In July of the same year, the DVD Tori Amos- Live from the Artists Den was released exclusively through Barnes & Noble.
  • 2009
    Gaiman is godfather to her daughter and a poem written for her birth, Blueberry Girl, was published as a children's book of the same name in 2009.
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    Abnormally Attracted to Sin, Amos's tenth solo studio album and her first album released through Universal Republic, was released in May 2009 to mostly positive reviews.
    More Details Hide Details The album debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, making it Amos's seventh album to do so. Abnormally Attracted to Sin, admitted Amos, is a "personal album", not a conceptual one, with the album exploring themes of power, boundaries, and the subjective view of sin. Continuing her distribution deal with Universal Republic, Amos released Midwinter Graces, her first seasonal album, in November of the same year. The album features reworked versions of traditional carols, as well as original songs written by Amos.
  • 2008
    In May 2008, Amos announced that, due to creative and financial disagreements with Epic Records, she had negotiated an end to her contract with the record label, and would be operating independently of major record labels on future work.
    More Details Hide Details In September of the same year, Amos released a live album and DVD, Live at Montreux 1991/1992, through Eagle Rock Entertainment, of two performances she gave at the Montreux Jazz Festival very early on in her career while promoting her debut solo album, Little Earthquakes. By December, after a chance encounter with chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, Doug Morris, Amos signed a "joint venture" deal with Universal Republic Records.
  • 2003
    Not long after Amos was ensconced with her new label, she received unsettling news when Polly Anthony resigned as president of Epic Records in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Anthony had been one of the primary reasons Amos signed with the label and as a result of her resignation, Amos formed the Bridge Entertainment Group. Further trouble for Amos occurred the following year when her label, Epic/Sony Music Entertainment, merged with BMG Entertainment as a result of the industry's decline. Amos would later hint in interviews that during the creation of her next album, those in charge at the label following the aforementioned merger were interested "only in making money", the effects of which on the album have not been disclosed. Amos released two more albums with the label, The Beekeeper (2005) and American Doll Posse (2007). Both albums received generally favorable reviews. The Beekeeper was conceptually influenced by the ancient art of beekeeping, which she considered a source of female inspiration and empowerment. Through extensive study, Amos also wove in the stories of the Gnostic gospels and the removal of women from a position of power within the Christian church to create an album based largely on religion and politics. The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, placing her in an elite group of women who have secured five or more US Top 10 album debuts. While the newly merged label was present throughout the production process of The Beekeeper, Amos and her crew nearly completed her next project, American Doll Posse, before inviting the label to listen to it.
  • 2002
    In October 2002, Amos released Scarlet's Walk, another concept album.
    More Details Hide Details Described as a "sonic novel", the album explores Amos's alter ego, Scarlet, intertwined with her cross-country concert tour following 9/11. Through the songs, Amos explores such topics as the history of America, American people, Native American history, pornography, masochism, homophobia and misogyny. The album had a strong debut at No. 7 on the Billboard 200. Scarlet's Walk is Amos's last album to date to reach certified gold status from the RIAA.
  • 2001
    With her Atlantic contract fulfilled after a 15-year stint, Amos signed to Epic in late 2001.
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  • 1998
    From the Choirgirl Hotel and To Venus and Back, released in May 1998 and September 1999, respectively, differ greatly from previous albums as Amos's trademark acoustic piano-based sound is largely replaced with arrangements that include elements of electronica, dance music, and vocal washes.
    More Details Hide Details The underlying themes of both albums deal with womanhood and Amos's own miscarriages and marriage. Reviews for From the Choirgirl Hotel were mostly favorable and praised Amos's continued artistic originality. Debut sales for From the Choirgirl Hotel are Amos's best to date, selling 153,000 copies in its first week. To Venus and Back, a two-disc release of original studio material and live material recorded from the previous world tour, received mostly positive reviews and included the first major-label single available for sale as a digital download. Shortly after giving birth to her daughter, Amos decided to record a cover album, taking songs written by men about women and reversing the gender roles to reflect a woman's perspective. That became Strange Little Girls, released in September 2001. The album is Amos's first concept album, with artwork featuring Amos photographed in character of the women portrayed in each song. Amos would later reveal that a stimulus for the album was to end her contract with Atlantic without giving them original songs; Amos felt that since 1998, the label had not been properly promoting her and had trapped her in a contract by refusing to sell her to another label.
    Amos married English sound engineer Mark Hawley on February 22, 1998. Their only child, a daughter named Natashya "Tash" Lórien Hawley, was born on September 5, 2000, a few weeks after Tori's 37th birthday. The family divides its time among Sewall's Point in Florida, Kinsale (County Cork) in Ireland, and Bude in Cornwall in England. In June 1994, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), a toll-free help line in the US connecting callers with their local rape crisis center, was founded.
    More Details Hide Details Amos, herself a rape survivor, answered the ceremonial first call to launch the hotline. She was the first national spokesperson for the organization and has continued to be closely associated with RAINN.
  • 1996
    Her third solo album, Boys for Pele, was released in January 1996.
    More Details Hide Details The album was recorded in an Irish church, in Delgany, County Wicklow, with Amos taking advantage of the church's acoustics. For this album, Amos used harpsichord, harmonium, and clavichord as well as the piano. The album garnered mixed reviews upon its release, with some critics praising its intensity and uniqueness while others bemoaned its comparative impenetrability. Despite the album's erratic lyrical content and instrumentation, the latter of which kept it away from mainstream audiences, Boys for Pele is Amos's most successful simultaneous transatlantic release, reaching No. 1 on the UK Top 40 and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 upon its release. Fueled by the desire to have her own recording studio to distance herself from record company executives, Amos had the barn of her home in Cornwall converted into the state-of-the-art recording studio, Martian Engineering Studios.
  • 1993
    Amos traveled to New Mexico with personal and professional partner Eric Rosse in 1993 to write and largely record her second solo record, Under the Pink.
    More Details Hide Details The album was received with mostly favorable reviews and sold enough copies to chart at No. 12 on the Billboard 200, a significantly higher position than the preceding album's position at No. 54 on the same chart.
  • 1992
    This album became her commercial and artistic breakthrough, entering the British charts in January 1992 at Number 15.
    More Details Hide Details Little Earthquakes was released in the United States in February 1992 and slowly but steadily began to attract listeners, gaining more attention with the video for the single "Silent All These Years".
  • 1989
    Despite the disappointing reaction to Y Kant Tori Read, Amos still had to comply with her six-record contract with Atlantic Records, which, in 1989, wanted a new record by March 1990.
    More Details Hide Details The initial recordings were declined by the label, which Amos felt was because the album had not been properly presented. The album was reworked and expanded under the guidance of Doug Morris and the musical talents of Steve Caton, Eric Rosse, Will MacGregor, Carlo Nuccio, and Dan Nebenzal, resulting in Little Earthquakes, an album recounting her religious upbringing, sexual awakening, struggle to establish her identity, and sexual assault.
  • 1988
    Finally, in July 1988, the band's self-titled debut album, Y Kant Tori Read, was released.
    More Details Hide Details Although its producer, Joe Chiccarelli, stated that Amos was very happy with the album at the time, Amos has since criticized it, once remarking: "The only good thing about that album is my ankle high boots." Following the album's commercial failure and the group's subsequent disbanding, Amos began working with other artists (including Stan Ridgway, Sandra Bernhard, and Al Stewart) as a backup vocalist. She also recorded a song called "Distant Storm" for the film China O'Brien; in the credits, the song is attributed to a band called Tess Makes Good.
  • 1986
    In 1986, Amos formed a musical group called Y Kant Tori Read, named for her difficulty sight reading.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to Amos, the group was composed of Steve Caton (who would later play guitars on all of her albums until 1999), drummer Matt Sorum, bass player Brad Cobb and, for a short time, keyboardist Jim Tauber. The band went through several interations of songwriting and recording; Amos has said interference from record executives caused the band to lose its musical edge and direction during this time.
  • 1984
    In 1984, Amos moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career after several years performing on the piano bar circuit of the D.C. area.
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  • 1980
    The song won the contest and became her first single, released as a 7" single pressed locally for family and friends during 1980 with another Amos-penned composition as a B-side, "Walking With You".
    More Details Hide Details Before this, she had performed under her middle name, Ellen, but permanently adopted Tori after a friend's boyfriend told her she looked like a Torrey pine, a tree native to the West Coast. By the time Amos was 17, Amos had a stock of homemade demo tapes that her father regularly sent out to record companies and producers. Producer Narada Michael Walden responded favorably: he and Amos cut some tracks together, but none were released. Eventually, Atlantic Records responded to one of the tapes, and, when A&R man Jason Flom flew to Baltimore to audition her in person, the label was convinced and signed her.
  • 1977
    Amos won a county teen talent contest in 1977, singing a song called "More Than Just a Friend".
    More Details Hide Details As a senior at Richard Montgomery High School, she co-wrote "Baltimore" with her brother Mike Amos for a competition involving the Baltimore Orioles.
  • 1972
    In 1972, the Amos family moved to Silver Spring, Maryland, where her father became pastor of the Good Shepherd United Methodist church.
    More Details Hide Details At 13, Amos began playing at gay bars and piano bars, chaperoned by her father.
  • 1963
    Born on August 22, 1963.
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