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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Deep Purple are an English hard rock band formed in Hertfordshire in 1968 best known for their song "Smoke on the Water". Along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, they are considered one of the pioneers of heavy metal and hard rock, although the members of the band have always refused to label themselves as the former. They are claimed to have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

The band has gone through many line-up changes, as well as an eight-year hiatus and two reunions. Their second and most commercially successful line-up featured: Ian Gillan (vocals), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboard), Roger Glover (bass guitar) and Ian Paice (drums). Paice is the only original member still with the band.

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