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The Huffington Post

On December 29th, 2017, an article on my blog appeared on The Huffington Post. I was interviewed by Aisha K. Staggers, writer. Her findings were published under the title A Pop Life: The Music of Black America from Outside of America, One Blogger’s View. A very proud moment for me and my blog!


Hello and welcome to my blog!


Here I will regularly share stories about music and in particular music that has meant (or still does mean) a great deal to me. These can entail stories, memories, reviews, descriptions, etc. The only condition I have set for myself is that I own the music which I write about.


The primary categories for my stories are  Posts and  Reviews. On my primary blog (the Dutch version) I added all the concerts I have seen (as far as I know the exact date) as  Concerten. These pages are in Dutch. I also added all my (yearly/decade) lists as Lijsten.


If you like some posts/reviews, I would very much like it for you to let me know. At the bottom of every post/review you can leave comments. Comments placed on the Facebook-page will be incorporated on this blog.


Through  Contact I’d love to hear about (shared) memories. Maybe it leads to another story.


Erwin Barendregt 

24-Carat Black – Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth

In 1973 the album Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth by the group 24-Carat Black was released, their first and last album. The story of a forgotten masterpiece!

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New Order – Blue Monday

35 years ago New Order released the 12-inch Blue Monday. A shock to people ‘with good taste’. An impressive, innovative and exciting song to the rest.

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Zappa In New York

Frank Zappa played in New York with his otherworldly band. The story on the double live album and classic songs like Titties & Beer, Punky’s Whips, The Illinois Enema Bandit and The Black Page.

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Madonna – Ray Of Light

Madonna’s Ray Of Light made sure that Madonna could be taken seriously. Was it that good an album? Yes, it most definitely was!

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ 2013 Push The Sky Away album finds Nick Cave still being relevant. He delivers a great album, which contains two all time Nick Cave classics. Impressive!

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Van Halen – The best debut album of all time?

40 years ago one of the best debut albums of all time was released: the first album by Van Halen. The savior of hard rock and a new standard for guitar players. A look back.

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