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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 

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell Tour (joshuahiggason.net)

Sufjan Stevens releases the beautiful, demure and moving Carrie & Lowell

In 2015 Sufjan Stevens released the beautiful, moving and intimate Carrie & Lowell, a brutally honest portrait of Carrie’s passing and the reaction to that. Impressive!

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Van Halen - Women And Children First (spotify.com)

Van Halen’s third album slams: Women And Children First

The third Van Halen album proved that the band was more than the sum of its parts. An impressive piece of work by a band that sadly showed the first signs of the bumpy road ahead.

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Prince, Brabanthallen, Den Bosch, Holland, 1995 (nme.com)

Prince 1995 Ultimate Live Experience in Holland (by guest author Edward)

Personal memories of the 4 ‘Ultimate Live Experience’ shows Prince staged in 1995 in Den Bosch and Amsterdam. A magical time for Prince music lovers!

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Frank Sinatra - Relaxing/Sabbatical? (amazon.com)

Frank Sinatra’s forgotten masterpiece Watertown

In 1970 Frank Sinatra released an album that was nearly forgotten, due to bad sales and reviews. Nowadays we know better: it’s his last masterpiece!

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David Bowie - Stills from US TV advert 1975 for Young Americans (pinterest.com)

David Bowie changes course towards (plastic) soul: Young Americans

In 1975 David Bowie released Young Americans, a soul and R&B album. How did it hold up and where does it stand today? A look back.

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Prince - the most searched guitar solo (youtube.com)

Prince – Google’s most searched guitar solo

Google announced “the most searched” results in honor of Black History Month. A look at Black History Month, Google’s findings and Prince’s guitar prowess.

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Tröckener Kecks - Mid 1980s (facebook.com)

Tröckener Kecks, from punk to new wave to rock

Tröckener Kecks was my favorite rock band in the early 1980s to sing in the Dutch language. The story of the Amsterdam band following their discography.

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The Black Crowes - $hake Your Money Maker (amazon.com)

The Black Crowes Present $hake Your Money Maker

Seemingly out of nowhere a great rock & roll debut album was released in 1990: The Black Crowes Present $hake Your Money Maker. A look back

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The Smiths - Meat Is Murder (facebook.com)

The Smiths release their second masterpiece, Meat Is Murder

Early 1985 The Smiths release their second masterpiece. Meat Is Murder turns out to be a beautiful album that contains a number of timeless Smiths classics. A look back.

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U.K. Subs - Crash Course (punkygibbon.co.uk)

U.K. Subs – Crash Course

In 1980 U.K. Subs released their live album Crash Course. It would be their biggest success. The story behind the band and the album!

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