Dec 30 2017

Closing of 2017

Jaarafsluiting 2017 (apoplife.nl)


2017 hasn’t turned out to be quite as disastrous (musically at least) as 2016. Many deaths to be mourned in 2017, but not to the extent as in 2016. Luckily, there have been many great moments, concert-wise as well as new releases.


Even though 2017 hasn’t surpassed 2016, many great musicians have passed away:

Gregg Allman, Walter Becker (Steely Dan), Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), Chuck Berry, John Blackwell, Charles Bradley, Glen Campbell, David Cassidy, Chris Cornell (Soundgarden), Holger Czukay, Pat DiNizio (The Smithereens), Fats Domino, Gordon Downie (The Tragically Hip), J. Geils, Johnny Hallyday, Grant Hart (ex Hüsker Dü), Al Jarreau, Tom Petty, Peter Sarstedt, Joni Sledge, Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown drummer), Hans Vermeulen, Leon Ware, John Wetton, George Young (member of the Easybeats, AC/DC producer), Malcolm Young (composer and guitarist AC/DC)

May 22nd, 2017

It almost could get no worse, for music lovers anyway: the shocking attack during the Eagles Of Death Metal concert in Paris on November 13th, 2015 at Le Bataclan. After the attack 90 dead and over 200 wounded were mourned.

05/22/2017 Who Is Smaller? (unknown)

Ever since concerts are more heavily secured, something I encounter regularly.

Yet, on May 22nd, 2017, it all went terribly wrong again: an attack after an Ariane Grande concert in Manchester. The visitors, which consisted largely of children, were leaving the hall, when a bomb exploded: 22 dead and over 120 wounded, the youngest victim being only 8 years old.

Under the moniker One Love Manchester a benefit was organized within 2 weeks, where Grande was accompanied by many (international) stars.


Thundercat - Drunk (pitchfork.com)

Thundercat – Drunk

Luckily this year had some major highlights:

N.B.: All concert urls point to the Dutch A Pop Life site, and are therefore only available in Dutch.


The past year had many jubilees to be celebrated. (A selection of) The next albums had an anniversary this year:

The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Advertentie (pinterest.com)

The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Ad

  • 60 years old:
    Elvis Presley – Elvis’ Christmas Album
  • 50 years old:
    The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Doors – The Doors, Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You, Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced?, The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico
  • 45 years old:
    David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars, Can – Ege Bamyasi, Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come, Miles Davis – On The Corner, Neil Diamond – Hot August Night, Donny Hathaway – Live, Curtis Mayfield – Superfly, Lou Reed – Transformer, Todd Rundgren – Something/Anything?, Neil Young – Harvest, The Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street
  • 40 years old:
    AC/DC – Let There Be Rock, David Bowie – Low en “Heroes”, Bootsy Collins – Ahh… The Name Is Bootsy, Baby!, The Congos – Heart Of The Congos, Culture – Two Sevens Clash, Devo – Satisfaction (single), Earth, Wind & Fire – All ‘N All, Fleetwood Mac – Rumours, Junior Murvin – Police & Thieves, Kiss – Alive II, Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express, Bob Marley & The Wailers – Exodus, Maze – Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, O.S.T. – Saturday Night Fever, Parliament – Live: P-Funk Earth Tour en Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome, Iggy Pop – Lust For Life, Queen – News Of The World, The Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks… Here’s The Sex Pistols, Donna Summer – I Feel Love (single), Talking Heads – 77, Television – Marquee Moon, Peter Tosh – Equal Rights
Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (simpleminds.com)

Simple Minds – New Gold Dream

Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full (genius.com)

Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full

Pavement - Brighten The Corners (genius.com)

Pavement – Brighten The Corners

  • 20 years old:
    Erykah Badu – Baduizm, Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole, Imani Coppola – Chupacabra, Daft Punk – Homework, Howie B – Turn The Dark Off, Junkie XL – Saturday Teenage Kick, Pavement – Brighten The Corners, Radiohead – OK Computer, Reprazent – New Forms, U2 – Pop, Us3 – Broadway & 52nd, The Verve – Urban Hymns
  • 15 years old:
    2 Many DJ’s – As Heard On Radio Soulwax, pt. 2, Cody Chesnutt – The Headphone Masterpiece, Peter Gabriel – Up, Danko Jones – Born A Lion, Prince – One Nite Alone… en One Nite Alone… Live!, Queens Of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf, Bruce Springsteen – The Rising
Grinderman - Grinderman (grinderman.com)

Grinderman – Grinderman

  • 10 years old:
    Arcade Fire – Neon Bible, Battles – Mirrored, The Good, The Bad & The Queen – The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Grinderman – Grinderman, Interpol – Our Love To Admire, LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver, Janelle Monáe – Metropolis, Prince – Planet Earth, Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals, Neil Young – Live At Massey Hall 1971
  • 5 years old:
    Alt-J – An Awesome Wave, Cat Power – Sun, Cody Chesnutt – Landing On A Hundred, Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city, Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE, Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball


This past year was the first full year of my blog. I’m very pleased with how the year turned out, which produced 82 stories and 11 reviews.

Average number of articles

In the last year I published one article each 4.5 days on average. In 2016 the average was one article in each 6.5 days. In the Closing of 2016 article I wrote that that average would decrease, because of the amount of time my blog consumed. Clearly, I did not succeed to live up to that claim. Regardless, I hereby renew my intention of decreasing the amount of output, preferably to one article every week.

Average number of readers

At the end of 2016 the average number of readers per article was 140. This number increased significantly over the course of 2017: now my Dutch articles are read by 233 readers on average. My English articles are read by 678 (!) readers on average.

N.B.: The number of readers of my 2016 articles have more than doubled over the course of 2017!

Number of readers

The number of articles, which have been read by over 1,000 people (combined), is high. What stands out is that the top 10 of best read articles for 2017 only consists of Prince or Prince related stories. But other stories did well also. In 2017 29 of my stories were read by over 1,000 people. I think that’s quite a lot. There are a few articles that stand out. The Sign O’ The Times article is read by over 14,500 readers! Needless to say, but I am very pleased with that.


The feedback I receive from all different parts of the world is positive and more than welcome.

Feedback from persons I write about is rather special. On three stories I received feedback by people directly involved in the subject matter:

I was, and still am, very proud of those replies.


Facebook is my main social media outlet through which I announce new articles. During the months October and November I was banned from posting to Facebook groups for three weeks. The reasoning behind my ban remains unclear. Facebook is not that informative.

The three week ban had its impact on the read-numbers, which dropped with more than 80% during that period. Since then I have added A Pop Life to Pinterest and Tumblr. Just to be sure, I announce new articles in less Facebook groups.

The Huffington Post

During the course of this year I was approached by Aisha K. Staggers, a writer for The Huffington Post. She wanted to interview me on my blog and, particularly, my stories. I was truly honored by the gesture. Recently, I answered her questions by mail. The article was published yesterday, December 29th, 2017: A Pop Life: The Music of Black America from Outside of America, One Blogger’s View. A very proud moment!


My personal favorite articles:

Bowie 1976 & 2016 (reddit.com)

David Bowie 1947-2016 & Low and “Heroes” 40 years old

U2 - Popmart - The Lemon (pinterest.com)

U2: From Pinkpop through the desert to the supermarket

AC/DC Live 1977 (cnn.com)

AC/DC – Let There Be Rock

Discharge - Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing band lineup (punkygibbon.co.uk)

Discharge – Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing

Joe Jackson - Live Rockpalast 1983 (mig-music.de)

Joe Jackson – Night And Day

Talking Heads Live 1977 (vulture.com)

Talking Heads: 77

Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel Of Love era (rollingstone.com)

Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel Of Love

Miles Davis Live 1972 (odibellamusic.com)

The most hated album in jazz: Miles Davis’ On the Corner

Crass (bombedoutpunk.com)

Crass – How Does It Feel

Saturday Night Fever - Album gatefold (medium.com)

Saturday Night Fever

Prince favorites

My both Prince series are favorites as well.

Prince in 1987:

Madhouse SOTT tour 1987 (discogs.com)

Madhouse: Prince and jazz

Prince - Forever In My Life (unknown)

Prince is victorious (once again) with Sign O’ The Times

Jill Jones - Mia Bocca clip (dailymotion.com)

Jill Jones, one of the best Prince satellite acts
Prince - The Black Album - CD (pinterest.com) The Black Album: Prince gets funky


Prince in 1982:

Vanity 6 (tumblr.com)

Vanity 6: sex sells, or something more?

The Time - Live (pinterest.com)

What Time Is It? The Story Of The Time

Prince - Live 1999 Tour (prince.org)

1999: Prince on his way to the top

Most popular stories

The ten most read stories from 2017 (measured on 12/27/2016 00:00AM):

Number of showings
Article Dutch English Total
Prince is victorious (once again) with Sign O’ The Times 894 13821 14715
Jill Jones, one of the best Prince satellite acts 414 7186 7600
RIP, John Blackwell 778 2691 3469
What Time Is It? The Story Of The Time 364 3069 3433
1999: Prince on his way to the top 356 3017 3373
The Black Album: Prince gets funky 525 2765 3290
Prince – Deliverance 524 2711 3235
Vanity 6: sex sells, or something more? 454 2534 2988
Prince & The Revolution – Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded 445 2303 2748
One Nite Alone… Solo piano and voice by Prince 405 2064 2469



2017 was a decent music-year, just like 2016. Many great albums and two or three which will be remembered in a decade or so. Once again no Sign O’ The Times or Voodoo, genius, albums this year. I did see some truly remarkable concerts this past year.

The top 10 albums and top 5 concerts are mentioned below (not in order of rating).

LCD Soundsystem - American Dream (lcdsoundsystem.com)

Top 10 albums

Top 5 concerts

LCD Soundsystem 12-09-2017 - Concertkaartje (apoplife.nl)

In closing

What do you think of 2017? A great year for music or mediocre? Let me know and leave a reply!


Compliments/remarks? I´d love to hear them!