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Debbie Harry
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Harry at the premiere of SqueezeBox! at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
Background information
Birth name Deborah Ann Harry[1]
Born (1945-07-01) July 1, 1945 (age 69)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Genres Rock, new wave, punk rock disco, pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actress, former Playboy Bunny
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1968–present
Labels Chrysalis, Geffen, Sire, Eleven Seven
Associated acts Blondie, The Wind in the Willows, The Jazz Passengers
from the BBC programme Desert Island Discs, 22 May 2011.[2]

Deborah Ann "Debbie" Harry (born July 1, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter and actress, best known as the lead singer of the new wave and punk rock band Blondie. She has also had success as a solo artist, and in the mid-1990s she recorded and performed with The Jazz Passengers. Her acting career spans over thirty film roles and numerous television appearances.

Personal life and career beginnings[edit]

Harry was born in Miami, Florida, and adopted by Catherine and Richard Smith Harry, gift shop proprietors in Hawthorne, New Jersey.[3] She attended Hawthorne High School, where she graduated in 1963.[4] She graduated from Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey, with an Associate of Arts degree in 1965.[5] Before starting her singing career she moved to New York City in the late 1960s and worked as a secretary at BBC Radio's office there for one year.[6] Later, she was a waitress at Max's Kansas City,[7] a go-go dancer in a Union City, New Jersey, discothèque,[8] and a Playboy Bunny.[9]

In the late 1960s, Deborah Harry began her musical career as a backing singer for the folk rock group, The Wind in the Willows, which released one self-titled album in 1968 on Capitol Records.[10] The group also recorded a second album, which was never released and the studio tapes remain lost.

In 1974, Harry joined The Stilettos with Elda Gentile and Amanda Jones. Her eventual boyfriend and Blondie guitarist, Chris Stein, joined the band shortly after.[11][12][13]

After leaving The Stilettos, Harry and Stein formed Angel and the Snake with Tish and Snooky Bellomo. Shortly thereafter, Harry and Stein formed Blondie, naming it after the term of address men often called her when she bleached her hair blonde.[14] Blondie quickly became regulars at Max's Kansas City and CBGB in New York City.[7] After a debut album in 1976, commercial success followed in the late 1970s to the early 1980s, first in Australia and Europe, then in the United States.

In 1989 and 2010 interviews, Harry claimed that she had been lured into a car driven by serial killer Ted Bundy while in New York City during the early 1970s, but said that she luckily escaped. While Harry has claimed to identify the driver as Bundy from TV news reports, the fact-checking website Snopes.com says the driver was probably not Bundy because there is no known record that Bundy was in New York at that time. Snopes.com noted that Ann Rule, an author of a book on Bundy, says false claims of Bundy abductions are not uncommon.[15][16]

While leading Blondie, Harry and Stein became life as well as musical partners, though they never married. Harry has no children.[17] In the mid-1980s, she took a few years off to care for Stein while he suffered with pemphigus, a rare autoimmune disease that affects the skin and mucous membranes. Stein and Harry broke up in the 1980s, but continued to work together.

In 1999, Harry was deemed the 12th greatest woman of rock and roll by VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll[18] and in 2002, she was called the 18th sexiest artist of all time by VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.[19]

In a 2014 interview, Harry confirmed the rumors about having affairs with women.[20]

Blondie[edit]

Debbie Harry performing in Toronto in October 1977

With her distinctive photogenic features and two-tone bleached-blonde hair, Harry quickly became a punk icon.[21] Her look was further popularized by the band's early presence in the music video revolution of the era. She was a regular at Studio 54. In June 1979, Blondie was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone. Harry's persona, combining cool sexuality with streetwise style, became so closely associated with the group's name that many came to believe "Blondie" was the singer's name. The difference between the individual Harry and the band Blondie was famously highlighted with a "Blondie is a group" button campaign by the band in 1979.[22] In 1981, Harry issued a press release to clarify that her name was not "Debbie Blondie" or "Debbie Harry", but Deborah Harry, though Harry later described her character in the band as being named "Blondie", as in this quote from the No Exit tour book:

In 1976 and 1977, Blondie released their first two albums. The second experienced some marginal success outside the United States. However, 1978's Parallel Lines (UK No.1, US No.6) shot the group to international success and included the global smash hit single "Heart of Glass." Riding the crest of disco's domination, the infectious track hit No.1 in the US and sold nearly two million copies. The follow-up single One Way Or Another reached No.24 on Billboard's Hot 100. The album was the band's biggest success. Although it has sold over 4 million copies in the United States alone, it has never been certified above the Platinum level. It was also the biggest selling album of 1979 in the United Kingdom.

The release of the platinum-selling Eat to the Beat album (UK No.1, US No.17) in 1979 and Autoamerican (UK No.3, US No.7) in 1980 continued the band's run of hits, including Dreaming, Atomic and three more US No.1 singles: The Tide Is High, Rapture and Call Me from the soundtrack to the film American Gigolo, which became Billboard's No.1 song of 1980.

Promotional photo from 1977

After a year-long hiatus in 1981, during which Harry released her first solo album (see below), Blondie regrouped and released their sixth studio album The Hunter (UK No.9, US No.33). The album met with a disastrous reception, peaking at No.33 in the US and falling rapidly off the charts. The single Island of Lost Souls briefly cracked the US Top 40 though narrowly missed the top ten in the UK, where the album had been a top ten entry but sold far less than their previous albums. Blondie launched a worldwide tour to support the release, but it was cut short due to slow ticket sales. Stein also fell seriously ill with the rare autoimmune disease, pemphigus. Coupled with declining record sales and internal struggles, the band split up.

Later in the 1980s, the remix album Once More Into The Bleach was released, featuring remixes of tracks by Blondie and from Harry's solo career. The mid-1990s saw the release of further Blondie remix albums Beautiful in Europe and Remixed Remade Remodeled in the US. New mixes of Heart of Glass, Atomic and Union City Blue were released as singles and all made the UK Top 40, while remixes of Atomic, Rapture and Heart of Glass had major success on the US dance charts.

In 1997, Blondie began working together again for the first time in 15 years. Two tracks were recorded with TV Mania, the production trio of two Duran Duran members, Nick Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo, and producer Anthony J. Resta. Studio 54 and Pop Trash Movie were scheduled for release on a Blondie compilation, entitled This Is Blondie. However, the project and the tracks were shelved as the four original members (Harry, Stein, Clem Burke and Jimmy Destri) embarked on sessions for what would become Blondie's seventh studio album. During this period, they released a cover of Iggy Pop's Ordinary Bummer on the tribute album We Will Fall (1997).

After a final tour of Europe with The Jazz Passengers in the summer of 1998, Deborah Harry resumed duties as lead vocalist of Blondie. Prior to the release of No Exit, the band completed a sold out tour of Europe. Dates at London's Lyceum Theatre were recorded by the BBC and aired on national BBC Radio 1. A week before the release of No Exit, the lead single Maria debuted at No.1 in the UK, giving Blondie their sixth UK No.1 hit. Maria also reached No.1 in 14 different countries, the top 10 on the US Dance Charts and Top 15 on the US Adult Top 40 Charts. No Exit debuted at No.3 in the UK and No.17 in the US, and Blondie announced dates for a major arena tour that summer, during which they played the Glastonbury Festival and Party in the Park in London. Nothing Is Real but the Girl was another UK Top-30 hit, while the title track was released as a limited-edition single to coincide with further arena dates in November of that year.

Tracks culled from dates throughout the 1999 world tour were released as a live album, titled Live in the US and Livid in the UK and were released in late 1999 and early 2000, respectively. A Blondie Live companion DVD was also released, recorded at a show in New York City's The Town Hall.

Harry performing in July 2007.

Although Blondie commenced recording tracks for the follow-up to No Exit in 2001, the sessions were dogged with problems including the loss of master tapes after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In the winter of 2002, Blondie returned with a full-scale UK tour. This preceded the release of a new single in 2003 entitled Good Boys (a hit across the UK and Europe that autumn, and top 10 on the US Dance Charts the following spring) and the release of Blondie's eighth studio album, The Curse of Blondie. The band toured throughout 2003 and 2004, completing two further full-scale tours of the UK.

A second live album, entitled Live By Request, was released in 2005, along with a companion DVD set. In that year, the band also released the mash-up Rapture Riders, which combined their 1981 hit Rapture with The Doors' Riders on the Storm. This track was taken from a greatest hits compilation entitled Sound and Vision (first issued in the UK as Sight + Sound), released with a companion DVD and new mixes of In the Flesh and Good Boys.

In the winter of 2005, Blondie toured the UK for the fourth time in as many years. In 2006, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Around this time, Blondie released a new studio track, a cover of Roxy Music's 1982 hit More Than This. This was to promote their Road Rage tour and the single was made available for free download.

At the end of 2006, a new mix of Heart of Glass became a club hit in Europe, while Harry released the single New York New York, a collaboration with Moby. The song debuted on YouTube, some four weeks before its official release.

In the summer of 2007, Blondie toured in the UK once again. Around this time, Harry delineated the different personae (Blondie the band, her role in the band, and Deborah Harry the singer) to an interviewer who asked why she played only solo music on the 2007 True Colors Tour: "I've put together a new trio with no Blondie members in it. I really want to make a clear definition between Debbie's solo projects and Blondie, and I hope that the audience can appreciate that and also appreciate this other material."[24]

On July 3, 2008, Blondie commenced a world tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Parallel Lines with a sell-out concert at the amphitheatre in Ra'anana, Israel. During the tour, drummer Clem Burke stated that the tour had inspired the band to make another record, Panic of Girls,[25] their first new album since the release of The Curse of Blondie in 2003.

Also in 2008, Blondie's music was featured in the young adult novel, Debbie Harry Sings in French, by Meagan Brothers, which received awards from the American Library Association and the New York Public Library.

In 2009, Blondie joined Pat Benatar for the Call Me Invincible tour. The majority of the shows were opened by The Donnas. In December 2009, Blondie recorded their version of the traditional song We Three Kings to coincide with the band's new album.

In the summer of 2010, Blondie began a UK and Ireland tour, including venues in Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield and Dublin. They also played festivals including the Isle of Wight and Rockness Festival in Inverness, Scotland. Tracks from their forthcoming album Panic of Girls were performed during their tour of the UK, notably 'D-Day' and 'What I Heard'.

The album was released first in July 2011 in the United Kingdom, with Germany, USA and Japan following. As a marketing innovation, the band made a lot of special editions with different bonus tracks and added content, such as extra CDs and magazines. It received good reviews from the press and spotted No.1 in Amazon. Mother was the first single, accompanied by a video, and What I Heard was the second. Blondie's tenth album, Ghosts of Download, is set for release in January 2014.

Solo career[edit]

Harry has released five solo albums. She began her solo career in 1981 with KooKoo. Produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic, the album peaked at No. 28 in the US and No. 6 in the UK;[26] it was later certified gold in the US and Silver in the UK. The album's cover art was controversial and many stores refused to stock it.[27] "Backfired", the first single from the album, had a video directed by H. R. Giger (who also created the album's front cover featuring Harry's face with metal skewers through it). The single reached No. 43 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 29 on the Hot Dance Club Songs and No. 32 on the UK Singles Chart.[26] The Jam Was Moving was lifted as the second single and peaked at No. 82 in the US. After Blondie split up in 1982, Harry's solo output slowed down as she cared for ailing partner Chris Stein. She released the single Rush Rush in 1983 (produced by Giorgio Moroder and taken from the film Scarface), but this was unsuccessful. A new single, Feel The Spin (taken from the film Krush Groove) was released as a limited 12" single in 1985, but again was unsuccessful.

In 1986, Harry released her second solo album called Rockbird, which peaked at No. 97 in the US and No. 31 in the UK[26] (where it has been certified Gold for 100,000 sales by the BPI). The single French Kissin' in the USA gave Harry her only UK solo top 10 hit (No. 8) and became a moderate US hit (No. 57). Other singles released from the album were Free to Fall and In Love with Love, which hit No. 1 on the US Dance Charts and was released with several remixes. "Liar, Liar" was recorded by Harry for the soundtrack album Married to the Mob in 1988, and produced by Mike Chapman. It was their first collaboration since the 1982 Blondie album The Hunter. The following year the two would team up again for the album Def, Dumb and Blonde. A music video, co-directed by Adam Bernstein was produced to promote the single. "Liar, Liar" is as yet only available on the deleted Married to the Mob soundtrack album.

Her next solo venture was the album Def, Dumb and Blonde in 1989. At this point Harry reverted from "Debbie" to "Deborah" as her professional name. The first single I Want That Man was a hit in Europe, Australia, and on the US Modern Rock Charts. The success of the single propelled the album to No. 12 on the UK chart[26] where it earned a Silver disc. However, with little promotion from her record company in the US, it peaked at No. 123. She followed this up with the ballad Brite Side and the club hit Sweet and Low. Maybe for Sure, a track originally recorded by Blondie for the Rock and Rule animated film, was the fourth single released from the album in June 1990 to coincide with a UK tour (her second in six months). Kiss It Better was also a Top 15 Modern Rock single in the US.

From 1989 to 1991, Harry toured extensively across the world with former Blondie guitarist Chris Stein, Underworld's Karl Hyde, and future Blondie bassist Leigh Foxx. In July 1991, she played Wembley Stadium supporting INXS. In 1991, Chrysalis released a new "best of" compilation in Europe entitled The Complete Picture: The Very Best of Deborah Harry and Blondie, containing hits with Blondie as well as solo hits. The collection reached No. 3 in the UK album chart[26] and earned a Gold disc. The album also included her duet with Iggy Pop on the Cole Porter song Well, Did You Evah! from the Red Hot + Blue AIDS charity album produced by the Red Hot Organization and released at the end of 1990.

Harry's fourth solo album, Debravation, appeared in July 1993. The album's first single was I Can See Clearly, which peaked at No. 23 in the UK[26] and No. 2 on the US dance charts. This was followed by Strike Me Pink in September. Controversy surrounded the latter track's promotional video, which featured a man drowning in a water tank, resulting in it being banned. US editions of the album feature two additional tracks recorded with pre-recorded music by R.E.M.: "Tear Drops" and a cover of Skeeter Davis's 1961 hit "My Last Date (with You)".

In November 1993, Harry toured the UK with Stein, guitarist Peter Min, bassist Greta Brinkman and drummer James Murphy. The set list of the Debravation Tour featured an offbeat selection of Harry material including the previously unreleased track Close Your Eyes (from 1989) and Ordinary Bummer (from the Stein-produced Iggy Pop album Zombie Birdhouse, a track that, under the moniker Adolph's Dog, Blondie covered in 1997). Tentative plans to record these shows and release them as a double live CD never came to fruition. However, a cover of The Rolling Stones' Wild Horses is available as a bootleg. At the end of 1993, Chrysalis released the Blondie rarities collection Blonde and Beyond, which featured the previously unreleased tracks Scenery and Underground Girl. In early 1994, Harry took the Debravation tour to the US.[28] In the UK, Harry's long tenure with Chrysalis Records also came to an end after lacklustre sales of Debravation, but the label released all of Blondie's albums and Harry's KooKoo album (for the first time on CD) as remastered editions with bonus tracks.

As Blondie had reconvened in the late 1990s, it was several years before Harry resumed her solo career. In 2006, Harry started work in New York City on tracks for her fifth solo album Necessary Evil (2007). Working with production duo Super Buddha (who produced the remix of Blondie's "In the Flesh" for the 2005 Sound and Vision compilation), the first music to surface in was a hip hop track titled "Dirty and Deep", in which she spoke out against rapper Lil' Kim's incarceration.

Throughout 2006, a number of new tracks surfaced on Harry's Myspace page, including "Charm Alarm", "Deep End", "Love with a Vengeance", "School for Scandal", and "Necessary Evil", as well as duets she recorded with Miss Guy (of Toilet Böys fame). These were "God Save New York" and "New York Groove". A streaming version of the lead single, "Two Times Blue", was added to Harry's Myspace page in May 2007. On 6 June 2007, an iTunes downloadable version was released via her official website.

Harry performing in June 2007.

Harry joined Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Tour for the Human Rights Campaign. She is a strong advocate for gay rights and same-sex marriage. Harry has said she has had intimate relationships with both men and women.[29][30]

Harry's fifth solo album, Necessary Evil, was released in 2007 on Eleven Seven Music after Harry completed both a solo tour of the US in June 2007 and a European tour with Blondie in July 2007. The first single, Two Times Blue, peaked at No. 5 on the US Dance Club Play chart. The album peaked at No. 86 in the UK and No. 37 in the US Billboard Top Independent Albums chart.

To promote the album, Harry appeared on various talk shows to perform Two Times Blue. She also started a 22-date US tour on November 8, lasting until December 9, playing small venues and clubs across the country. On January 18, 2008, an official music video for If I Had You was released.[31]

Other musical projects[edit]

Marky Ramone of the Ramones and Harry attend a screening of Burning Down the House, a 2009 documentary about CBGB's heyday.

While recording her fourth album in 1992, Harry collaborated with German heavy metal band Die Haut on the track "Don't Cross My Mind", and released the song "Prelude to a Kiss" on the soundtrack to the film of the same name. She also released a cover of "Summertime Blues" from the soundtrack to the film That Night in Australia.

In the mid-1990s, Harry teamed up with New York avant-garde jazz ensemble The Jazz Passengers. Between 1994 and 1998 she was a permanent member of the troupe, touring North America and Europe. She was a featured vocalist on their 1994 album In Love singing the track "Dog in Sand". The follow-up album, 1997's Individually Twisted, is credited as The Jazz Passengers featuring Deborah Harry, and Harry sings vocals throughout, teaming up with guest Elvis Costello for a cover of "Don'cha Go 'Way Mad". The album also features a re-recorded version of the song "The Tide Is High". A live album titled Live in Spain, again featuring Harry on vocals, was released in 1998.

Harry collaborated on a number of other projects with other artists. She featured as vocalist on Talking Heads side project The Heads' 1996 release No Talking, Just Head, performing the title track and "Punk Lolita". She also sings on a cover of The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" and on the song "Estrella de Mar" by Argentine band Los Fabulosos Cadillacs from their 1995 album Rey Azúcar. In 1997 she collaborated with Jazz Passengers' Bill Ware in his side project Groove Thing, singing lead vocals on the club hit "Command and Obey". Another Jazz Passengers collaboration, "The City in the Sea", appeared on the Edgar Allan Poe tribute album Closed on Account of Rabies (1997). Harry also reunited with Blondie keyboardist Jimmy Destri for a cover of Otis Blackwell's "Don't Be Cruel" for the 1995 album Brace Yourself! A Tribute to Otis Blackwell. During this period, she also recorded a duet with Robert Jacks titled "Der Einzige Weg (The Only Way) - Theme from Texas Chainsaw Massacre", which was recorded in German and in English, although these did not surface until 1999.

Harry appears on the 2001 Bill Ware album Vibes 4 singing the track "Me and You" as well as on former Police guitarist Andy Summers's album Peggy's Blue Skylight on the track "Weird Nightmare". A techno cover of Stan Jones' "Ghost Riders in the Sky" was featured on the soundtrack to the 1998 film Three Businessmen, and was available on her website to download. Harry sings on two tracks on Andrea Griminelli's Cinema Italiano project: "You'll Come to Me" (inspired by Amarcord's main theme) and "When Love Comes By" (from Il Postino), as well as on a tribute album reinterpreting the music of Harold Arlen, on which she sings the title track "Stormy Weather". In May 2002, she accompanied The Jazz Passengers and the BBC Concert Orchestra in a performance of her jazz material at the Barbican Centre in London. In 2003, she was featured vocalist on the song "Uncontrollable Love" by DJ duo Blow-Up. She also sang on the version of " "Waltzing Matilda" recorded by Dan Zanes and Friends, released on the 2003 album House Party.

Harry also contributed to Fall Out Boy's 2008 album Folie à Deux, singing on the chorus of the album's closer "West Coast Smoker".

Harry is a credited co-writer on a song called "Supersensual" that appears on Australian singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte's debut album 1000 Stars—the song samples the recognizable "woo-ooo-wo-oh" refrain from "Heart of Glass"—and in duet with the French singer Etienne Daho on Les Chansons de L'Innocence Retrouvée (2013).

Discography[edit]

For Harry's releases with Blondie, see Blondie discography.
Studio albums
Compilations and other albums

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1975 Deadly Hero Singer Uncredited
1976 Unmade Beds Blondie
1978 Foreigner, TheThe Foreigner Dee Trik
1980 Union City Lillian
1980 Roadie Herself
1981 Downtown 81 Fairy godmother
1983 Videodrome Nicki Brand
1983 Rock & Rule Angel (singing) Voice
1987 Forever, Lulu Lulu
1988 Satisfaction Tina
1988 Hairspray Velma Von Tussle
1989 New York Stories Girl at blind alley Segment "Life Lessons"
1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Betty Segment "The Wraparound Story"
1990 Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
1991 Intimate Stranger Cory Wheeler Television film
1991 Real Story of O Christmas Tree, TheThe Real Story of O Christmas Tree Anneka Voice; direct-to-video short film
1993 Body Bags The Nurse Television film; segment "Hair"
1994 Rakthavira Narrator Short film
1994 Dead Beat Mrs. Kurtz
1995 Heavy Delores
1995 Sandman N/A Short film
1996 Drop Dead Rock Thor Sturmundrang
1997 L.A. Johns Madam "Jacq" Jacqueline Television film
1997 Cop Land Delores
1997 Six Ways to Sunday Kate Odum
1998 Joe's Day N/A
1999 Zoo Dorothy the waitress
2000 Red Lipstick Ezmeralda the psychic
2001 Fluffer, TheThe Fluffer Marcella
2002 Deuces Wild Wendy
2002 Spun Neighbor
2002 All I Want Ma Mabley
2003 My Life Without Me Ann's mother
2003 Good Night to Die, AA Good Night to Die Madison
2003 Tulse Luper Suitcases Part 1: The Moab Story, TheThe Tulse Luper Suitcases Part 1: The Moab Story Fastidieux
2005 Honey Trap The Lawyer Short film
2005 Patch Belinda Short film
2005 I Remember You Now... Margaret Short film
2006 Full Grown Men Beauty
2007 Anamorph Neighbor
2008 Elegy Amy O'Hearn
2009 Mystery of Claywoman, TheThe Mystery of Claywoman Simone Short film
2011 Pipe Dreams Norah Short film
2012 Believe the Magic N/A Short film
2014 River of Fundament Singing wake guest
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1981 Muppet Show, TheThe Muppet Show Herself Episode: "Debbie Harry"
1987 Crime Story Bambi Episode: "Top of the World"
1987 Tales from the Darkside Sybil Episode: "The Moth"
1989 Wiseguy Diana Price 3 episodes
1991 Monsters Dr. Moss Episode: "Desirable Alien"
1992 Adventures of Pete & Pete, TheThe Adventures of Pete & Pete Neighbor Episode: "New Year's Pete"
1993 TriBeCa Cat Episode: "The Loft"
1994–1995 Phantom 2040 Vaingloria Voice; 10 episodes
1996 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Cassandra Episode: "Pilot"
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Double Switch Elizabeth Voice
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Delores Voice

Philanthropy[edit]

In a recent interview[when?], Harry said that, "After witnessing Elton John and his tireless efforts against HIV/AIDS", she has been inspired to put philanthropy as her top priority. "These things are important to my life now. I have the privilege of being able to get involved, so I do. I applaud people like Elton John, who have used their position to do so much good. I could really feel his power and see how effective it was in helping to highlight causes like HIV/AIDS and I thought I should get up off my fat ass and do something too."[32] Some of Harry's charities include those devoted to fighting cancer and endometriosis.[33]

Bibliography[edit]

Mick Rock, with foreword by Debbie Harry (2011), Debbie Harry and Blondie: Picture This, Palazzo Editions. ISBN 095649420X.


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