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All Music GuideOld School Rap & Hip Hop ... Book
AMG, 2008. New Copy ... $4.99 16.95
A guide to essential Old School Rap & Hip Hop from team at the indespensible All Music Guide – featuring more than 500 music reviews of important records by Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, NWA, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and so much more – plus reviews on soul and funk LPs that were instrumental in the creation of hip hop, from ESG, The Emotions, Gil Scott-Heron, Marva Whitney and many more! The book is divided into 2 parts, The Roots Of Rap and Digging In The Crates, and organized alphabetically. Paperback, 166 pages, with several reviews per page. Book

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Ross Andru & Mike EspositoRoss Andru & Mike Esposito's Get Lost ... Book
Hermes, 1950s. New Copy ... $8.99 29.99
One of the greatest publications to ever rip off Mad Magazine – and an early effort from the team of Ross Andru and Mike Esposito – later known for famous work at both Marvel and DC Comics! Get Lost follows from the early Mad comic book style – and features lots of well-done parodies of popular genres – film, fiction, and more! The writing is good, but the art is even better – very angular and edgey, at a level that's quite different than any other later work from the team – definitely influenced by the work of early Mad artists, but quite unique as well. The book brings together all three issues of the short-lived publication in glorious full color – and also features an interview with Mike Esposito on the fate of the comic as well. 96 pages, color, oversize. Book

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Stuart BakerBlack Fire New Spirits – Images Of A Revolution – Radical Jazz In The USA 1960 to 1975 (hardcover) ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $36.99 49.95
A stunning book of photographs to stand alongside the excellent album art books done by the Soul Jazz label – a treasure trove of hardly-seen images of some of the best underground musicians of the 60s and 70s – and a great antidote to the sorts of jazz books that are only just filled with pictures of Duke, Louis, and Miles! In true Soul Jazz fashion, the volume shines the spotlight on key avant and spiritual jazz figures – like Roland Kirk, Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Elvin Jones, Cecil Taylor, Eric Dolphy, Alice Coltrane, Lloyd McNeil, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Max Roach, Larry Young, and many others – each of whom get at least one very vivid photo (some black and white, some color), and a short bit of text that introduces their music and placement in jazz. To be fair, there's also some shots of Miles, too – but shown in a very different context in this great book! 189 pages, oversize, with a great hardcover package. Book

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Stuart BakerCover Art Of Studio One Records (hardcover) ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2011. New Copy ... $19.99 49.95
Incredible images from one of the most legendary reggae labels ever – the mighty Studio One, home to decades of classic music, put together with equally-classic images on the record covers! The book is maybe even more of a treasure than some other album art books you'll find – because over the years, many of the Studio One images were pretty watered-down on the market – either pressed up on poor paper that never stood the test of time, or cropped and cribbed from for mainstream reissue packages – but never with the same sort of beauty you'll find in these images! The book is done in the same totally great style as other Soul Jazz books – and features full album images on 12" by 12" pages – all in brilliant color, too. There's some helpful notes at the beginning, and throughout in a few spots – and the book is super-heavy, and 216 pages in all – with some smaller images at the back. Book

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Stuart Baker & Steve BarrowReggae 45 Soundsystem – The Label Art Of Reggae Singles (paperback) ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2012. New Copy Book ... $19.99 49.99
The most massive book of record art we've ever stocked – and a groundbreaking look at the art of reggae 45s, put together by the folks at Soul Jazz Records! Albums are usually featured in a book like this, but the authors do a great job of illustrating the diversity of 45 labels on the Jamaican scene – the wealth of designs and colors that make collecting reggae 45s a past time that's almost as pleasing from a visual perspective as it is from an audio one! Plus, given the obscurity of most of these records, the book's even more valuable – a much-needed record of these small pressings that never got much distribution – laid out here in beautiful full color images. The book is super-heavy, with a cool cover that's between a hardcover and soft cover – and almost 500 pages of images throughout! Book

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Stuart Baker & Steve BarrowReggae Soundsystem – Original Reggae Album Cover Art (hardcover) ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2012. New Copy Book ... $19.99 49.95
Amazing images galore – some classic covers from the Jamaican scene of the 60s and 70s, and lots more obscure images too – all presented in very vivid color, with a lot more clarity than any of the beat up original copies we have in our collection! The book really does full justice to the visual side of the reggae scene – and brings together a huge amount of covers we've never seen before, with others that look way more vibrant here than on a tiny CD reissue – presented in this record-shaped book that reminds us why albums always look so great in the racks! Most images are overflowing with color – really beautiful reproductions – and the oversized book is hardcover, and almost 240 pages overall. Book
(These copies have a slight indintation on the spine under the shrinkwrap, nothing major.)

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Roger Bennett & Josh KunAnd You Shall Know Us By The Trail Of Our Vinyl – The Jewish Past As Told By The Records We Have Loved & Lost (hardcover) ... Book
Crown, 2008. New Copy ... $4.99 24.95
A really cool look at Jewish album covers – with commentary by some great writers! It's got art decades old albums, many of which aren't in print or available commercially in any format – from the 40s to 80s. Features commentary by Aimee Bender, Etgar Keret, Shalom Auslander and others, performers including Sandra Bernhard and Lamont Dozier, plus critics Oliver Wang, Anne Powers and TV legend Norman Lear. Hardcover, 240 pages. Book

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Peter BlechaSonic Boom – The History Of Northwest Rock, From "Louie Louie" To "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (paperback) ... Book
Backbeat Books, 2009. New Copy ... $5.99 19.99
Not a biography of one-time Spacemen 3 mainman – but a very cool look at the wealth of great guitar rock that emanated from the Pacific Northwest from the late 50s onward! There must be something in the water up there, because countless great guitar giants have hailed from Washington State and nearby locals – artists as diverse as Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, and a huge host of important guitar groups like The Ventures, Wailers, Kingsmen, and others! The book wisely gives its strongest focus to the 60s – with a wealth of information on the local scenes and small labels who really brought the Northwest sound to the rest of the world – then follows with a bit more on the 70s and 80s, as well as the 90s wave of punk and grunge. 304 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Joanna Bowring & Margaret O'BrienArt Of Romance – Mills & Boon & Harlequin Cover Designs ... Book
Prestel, 2008. New Copy ... $6.99 25.00
Lavish color illustrations from the glory days of the romance paperback – a wealth of classic covers from British publisher Mills & Boon – also the parent company of Harlequin Romance! The images are stunning, and the book is very thoughtfully put together – not an exploitation of the genre, but a really great attempt to showcase the artwork that helped sell the sex between the pages – laid out here with each cover taking up a full-color page of the book! There's a short introduction at the start, but the main attraction to us is the images – especially the huge amount of great watercolors from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. 251 pages, softcover. Book

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Jonathan Raimes & Lakshmi BhaskaranRetro Graphics – A Visual Sourcebook To 100 Years Of Graphic Design ... Book
Chronicle, 2007. New Copy ... $4.99 24.95
A really inspirational book based around the history of 20th Century design – put together with vivid pages that allow you to steal all the best ideas, and integrate them into your own work! The package spans the most important design decades of the century – and pulls together vivid images from magazines, advertisements, posters, flyers, and even typographic elements too! The volume is designed as a "sourcebook" to give designers new ideas and inspiration – but it reads well enough as an art book on its own, thanks to key historical details and information on artists and illustrators. 175 pages, softcover, in full color. Book

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Toni BrownRelix, The Book – The Grateful Dead Experience – 30 Years Of Mind Melting Art, Interviews, Anecdotes & More ... Book
Backbeat Books, 2009. New Copy ... $8.99 29.99
A hefty tribute to Relix magazine – that long-running publication that first began as a tribute to The Grateful Dead, but which went onto encompass a host of different styles, and help provide some inspiration for the jamband generation as well! The book's got the dimensions of the magazine, and presents loads and loads of vintage pages in full color – almost as if you're getting a giant-sized volume of the magazine, assembled from all the best articles over the years! There's way more here than just the Dead – interviews with and articles on Robert Crumb, John Lennon, Jefferson Starship, Merl Saunders, Willie Dixon, and many others – plus even-cooler topical articles on things like 70s disco, taping live performances, parental approval of the Grateful Dead, and many other groovy topics. Very nicely done, vividly illustrated, full color, and 244 pages! Book

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New Gary Calamar & Phil GalloRecord Store Days – From Vinyl To Digital & Back Again (paperback) ... Book
Sterling, 2010. New Copy ... $10.99 14.99
Somebody's finally gone out and written a book about one subject we can really get behind – the Record Store – and not only that, they've done a beautiful job with the entire package too! The book takes a look at the importance of the record store – not just historically, but culturally as well – with an especially important focus on the need for stores in the digital age, as a way of keeping both the music, and interest in the music, alive and well for generations to come! As you might guess from the subtitle, authors Calamar and Gallo have a bit of an agenda in their portrait – but they really pave the way with some great recollections of record stores past, incredible bits not just from folks who owned and worked in stores, but also from famous shoppers, artists, and collectors too. And even cooler, the book is filled with lots of great photographs – wonderful images of old stores in color and black and white, plus lots of great sidebar bits that help draw a focus on key issues in record retail. If you, like us, get a bit of a rush every time you walk into a record store, then you'll be sure to get an equal rush from this book – a wonderful tome that's one we can send home to our parents, and finally show them we've got a career worth a bit of respect! 238 pages, hardcover, and really beautifully done. Book

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New Michael ChabonTelegraph Avenue (hardcover) ... Book
Harper, 2012. New Copy ... $6.99 27.98
Michael Chabon takes a dip into our own little slice of the universe – by setting this book in a fictious record store in Oakland, California! Chabon's version of the record store isn't exactly like our own experience here at Dusty Groove – maybe more in the High Fidelity side of the spectrum – as the small indie Brokeland Records braces for impact from a larger megastore opening nearby. But the life of the store is only a small slice of the story – because, as usual with Chabon, the real strength of the book is its sense of character – from the owner of the store to the cast of characters in the Oakland scene. And while Chabon might be a bit stiff with some of his funk and soul references, our props still go out to him for giving that world the same sort of play he gave to comics in The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier & Clay. 465 pages, hardcover edition. Book
(Please note: These copies have a very small remainder mark on the spine.)

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Samuel ChartersLanguage Of Song – Journeys In The Musical World Of The African Diaspora ... Book
Duke University Press, 2009. New Copy ... $6.99 25.98
Samuel Charters is up there with a handful of key figures in the 20th Century who helped preserve and expose a rich vein of American musical tradition – especially folk, blues, and gospel – and his work as both a writer and collector have helped shape our understanding of music for decades! This book features a series of essays by Charters on various scenes he's experienced – including an ear-opening trip to West Africa, plus stretches in Jamaica, Trinidad, The Bahamas, New Orleans, Cuba, Harlem, and the Georgia Sea Islands. Through these individual portraits, Charters traces a rich diaspora of African musical tradition – as roots and styles evolve over the years into countless new levels of expression. 352 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Michel Choquette, edSomeday Funnies (hardcover) ... Book
Abrams Comic Arts, 2011. New Copy ... $12.99 55.00
An amazing project, with amazing results – a set of separate comics all about the 60s – drawn by some of the hippest talents of both that generation, and the 70s as well! The project was begun many years ago by Michael Choquette – who contacted creators as diverse as William S Burroughs, Jack Kirby, Frank Zappa, Wally Wood, Pete Townshend, Walt Simonson, Denny O'Neil, Harvey Kurtzman, Tuli Kupferberg, Sergio Aragones, Kim Deitch, Will Eisner, Russ Heath, Archie Goodman, Harlan Ellison, and many others – all of whom combined in these really unique ways to create oversized comic strips that feel like they've fallen out of some weird hippie version of a Sunday comics section from the newspaper! The project features 169 different talents in all – with 129 different strips as a result – all presented here in full color, with the oversized feel of a newspaper – but in a lavish hardcover volume. Someday Funnies was unpublished in this full format for years, but finally gets its due – in this heavy book that runs for over 212 pages – complete with a great forward by Jeet Heer. Book

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John CorbettSun Ra & Aye Aton – Space, Interiors, & Exteriors 1972 ... Book
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2013. New Copy ... $4.99 27.99
Amazing images from the universe of Sun Ra – a mixture of rare photographs and mural images painted by Aye Aton – sometime percussionist with the Arkestra, and a heck of a great painter too! The book begins with these stunning full color photographs of Ra on the set of Space Is The Place – images from 1972 that echo the cover of the album of the same name, but which feature a costumed Ra in a number of different settings – including a few parking lot shots that make him look like a true visitor from the cosmos, briefly walking on our planet! The bigger second half of the book features photographs of murals painted by Aton (who's also known as Robert Underwood) – all of them spacey and trippy, and in a similar spirit to the Saturn Records album covers – except these were all painted on walls and ceilings, in very vivid colors. Aye painted many images in the Arkestra commune in Philly – and other paintings appear to be from the south side of Chicago – and all work here is seen by the wider public for the first time ever. Archivist John Corbett provides an essay with the book to situate the work – and the whole thing's a vivid visual treat for any fan of Sun Ra! Book

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Royston EllisSweet Ebony (paperback) ... Book
Norton/Kicks, Late 50s/Early 60s/2013. New Copy ... $12.99
The first book in the Kicks Books Blue Series – a thicker, bigger paperback than the "hip pocket" entries – and it's a doozy, penned by Brit beat lit legend Royston Ellis! Sweet Ebony is a knowingly seedy, swingin' 70s set novel about 4 free spirited California woman who travel to Kenya to find some wild thrills and exotic fulfillment. Amazingly, this is more than 300 pages long, and it's only the first of a 12 book Royston Ellis series for Kicks Books to appear on a monthly basis. The author and Kicks Books don't sleep! Book

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Jim Flora; Irwin Chusid & Barbara Economon, eds.Sweetly Diabolical Art Of Jim Flora ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2009. New Copy ... $19.99 34.99
Wonderful postwar artwork from Jim Flora – an artist you may know from record cover art, but who's represented here with a range of other illustrations as well! Flora's vintage images for Columbia and RCA are well-known to crate-diggers like us – but this beautiful package brings together more obscure images from advertising, brochures, newspapers, and other long-gone sources – and also includes some never-seen Flora images as well! As with the record art, the images here are all pretty darn incredible – very weird, playful, and offbeat – and presented in full color throughout. Book is 179 pages, oversized, and very hefty! Book

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Freddy FreshFreddy Fresh Presents The Rap Records – Revised 2nd Edition ... Book
Freddy Fresh, 2007. New Copy Book ... $13.99 39.99
If you liked the first volume of this essential book, you'll love this revised edition – because it's almost 3 times bigger, and stuffed with great new features! The book's a lifetime labor of love for Freddy Fresh – an extensive discography that's got to be the most definitive book on early hip hop we've ever seen! The vintage of the titles listed in the book is 1979 to 1994 – and as Freddy says in the preface, there's a few records listed that may fall outside the rap genre or that time span, including some disco and electro numbers – but that's okay by us! The book's got tons of label scans – plus entries listed alphabetically by label and then in order by catalog number – and this exhaustive project reads like your dream want-list for years and years to come. Plus, in addition to the label and record listings, there's appendices with old school flyer scans, top picks from DJs and producers all over the globe, lists of resources for finding records and Freddy's own personal lists for records, including his "5 star" rated records, and songs and singles arranged by topic. An absolute must-have for any die hard fan of hip hop! Revised edition is 3 times bigger than the first one – 740 pages, with over 1500 new photos, and also features an updated section on bootlegs vs originals, New York City record store photos, info on overseas labels, an Ebay auction guide, a comprehensive cross-index, and lots more great bits. Book

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Richard L GrahamGovernment Issue – Comics For The People 1940s to 2000s (paperback) ... Book
Abrams Comic Arts, 2009. New Copy Book ... $6.99 29.95
Cool comics from a very unlikely source – publications put together by the US government to spread ideas and inform the public – many of which were handled by top comics talents from the mainstream! The quality of this material is surprisingly wonderful – not schlocky propaganda, but thoughtfully-scripted, well-penned comics that have the same sort of appeal as work from the cleaner, more wholesome side of the Silver Age! Artists include Neal Adams, Charles Biro, Kurt Schaffenberger, Joe Kubert, Milt Caniff, and many others – including a fair bit of unknown illustrators too. The book is surprisingly fun, and a much-needed look at this lesser-known strand of 20th Century comics. 308 pages, full color, and softcover. Book

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Robert GreenfieldLast Sultan – The Life & Times Of Ahmet Ertegun (hardcover) ... Book
Simon & Schuster, 2011. New Copy ... $6.99 30.00
The amazing story of Ahmet Ertegun – the driving force behind Atlantic Records, and a crucial figure in popular music in the 20th Century! Ahmet's story is the stuff of legend – and this book delivers the whole thing in stunning detail – from Ertegun's early years as the child of the Turkish ambassador, to his adolescent love of jazz and blues, to his launching Atlantic with his brother – initially to dominate the field of rhythm and blues, then jazz and soul, then even mainstream rock and roll! The hefty book is over 400 pages in length, and features a handful of black and white images too. Book
(There is a small remainder mark on the spine.)

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Groove Presents45 RPM Cover Museum By Muro (paperback) ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2011. New Copy ... $34.99
A totally great book for 7" collectors – especially if you dig unusual picture sleeves! The book was put together by DJ Muro – an artist we've come to love for his work on mixes and compilations, but who's also well-known for his massive record collection, too – one that's certainly informed his music, but which stands well enough on its own – as you'll see in the book! For the volume, Muro brought together rare 7" picture sleeve images – all in a full-color, 7" package that's just the size of a vintage 45 – so that flipping the pages is almost like sifting through a stack of singles. Most of the images are from rare Japanese and Asian pressings – which means that you'll see unusual covers for funk, soul, soundtrack, and other groovy music styles of the 70s and 80s. Some of the images are odd variations on the American LP covers, and others are completely unique – and together, they provide a fascinating visual document that's sure to please any collector of rare singles. Almost 250 pages, full color! Book

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Milt Gross/Ari Y KelmanIs Diss A System? – A Milt Gross Comic Reader (hardcover) ... Book
New York University Press, Mid 20s/2009. New Copy ... $5.99 35.00
A wonderful look at the early work of Milt Gross – a cartoonist who was to the printed page what Mickey Katz was to records! Like Katz, Gross drew a lot of his humor from Yiddish culture – especially the clash between the old and the new in the community of New York's Jewish immigrants – a community of which the Bronx-born Gross was a part, and was able to examine with a humorist eye rivaling that of Mark Twain or Will Rogers in their own sides of the American scene. And while Gross was a hell of a cartoonist, with a style that was increasingly insane over the years – this edition looks at his illustrated books of the 20s – with a long introduction to situate the material, then selections from the books Nize Baby, De Night In De Front From Chreesmas, Hiawatta, Dunk Esk, and Famous Fimmales. The book is 292 pages, hardcover, and filled with black and white illustrations. Book

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HarlequinHarlequin Notables Perfect Pocket Journals – Virgin With Butterflies ... Book
Flowerpot, 2009. New Copy ... $2.99
Very cool – a blank-paper journal hidden in a vintage paperback cover image – complete with heavy cardboard on each end, and a cool elastic band to hold the whole thing in place! The design is like that of expensive notebooks that push past the $10 mark – but the cover is even cooler, and the price is mighty nice! 80 blank white pages, paperback size, and hardcover. Book

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Norman Hathaway & Dan NadelElectrical Banana – Masters Of Psychedelic Art (paperback) ... Book
Damiani, 2013. New Copy Book ... $28.99 39.95
Great trippy covers from the psychedelic heyday of the late 60s and early 70s – the kinds of records that really stood out in the racks at the time – and which still look great in our collections all these many years later! The volume doesn't just offer up straight record covers, but instead looks at the larger art world of the time – with images of original paintings, murals, and more – all to really illuminate work by artists who include Dudley Edwards, Martin Sharp, Heinz Edelmann, Marijke Koger, Teiichi Tanaami, Matin Klarwein, and Tadanori Yokoo. There's some really wonderful images in the book – which often augment our understanding of the artists' work on record covers – and the whole thing also includes interviews with each artist too. 208 pages, full color, softcover. Book

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Richard HaversStones In The Park – The Summer Of 69 & The Making Of The Greatest Rock N Roll Band In The World (hardcover) ... Book
Haynes (UK), 2009. New Copy ... $5.99
Nice hardcover look at The Rolling Stones circa '69 – a huge year of cultural change in general, and it was just as massive to the Stones! Things were getting deeper and heavier for the Stones, artistically and personally – with Brian Jones departing and passing away – and Mick Taylor joining the band. It was also right around this time they were solidifying their legend well beyond mere rock and roll stars. The book is centered around The Stones' massive concert in Hyde Park that summer, which to that point was one of the biggest ever held in Britain – and the book is filled with some of the best photos we've ever seen of that event – and so many more of that band – in action and behind the scenes. Book

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Disco Patrick & Patrick VogtDisco – An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art Of Disco Records ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), New Copy ... Early October, 2014
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New Kenny DopeKenny Dope Presents Wild Style Breakbeats (book with 7 x 7" singles) ... Book
Kay Dee, New Copy ... Mid-August, 2014
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Buddy Esquire/Johan KugelbergBuddy Esquire – King Of The Hip Hop Flyer ... Book
Sinecure, New Copy ... Early June, 2014 (delayed)
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New James GossVinyl Lives On – Profiles of Musician Collectors and Record Store Owners ... Book
Aventine, 2014. New Copy ... Early August, 2014
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