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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 

Prince - Batdance video still (apoplife.nl)

Get the funk up! Prince and Batman: crown time is over?

In 1989 Prince planned to do things a bit more releaxed, until he received a phone call from the producers of a movie. He couldn’t resist. The story behind the hit record Batman!

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Maria McKee releases her beautiful debut album

In 1989 Maria McKee released her debut album. After the Lone Justice years finally new music again by the greatest female singer I know. A look back.

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The Waterboys introduce ‘the big music’ on A Pagan Place

In 1984 The Waterboys released their second album. It introduced ‘the big music’ to the world. A Pagan Place is a masterpiece by one of the most interesting and consistent bands of all time.

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5 years ago I witnessed Prince live for the very last time, in Antwerp

5 years ago I witnessed Prince for the very last time in concert, in Antwerp. Once again, it was an unforgettable night in the presence of the genius hailing from Minneapolis. A look back at a fantastic concert!

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The Who’s Tommy: the ultimate childhood sentiment

In 1969 The Who released their rock opera Tommy. It was a major influence in my childhood years and still is a favorite album. A look back.

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The release of the best single of all time: When Doves Cry

In 1984 I was introduced to the true genius of Prince. There is a life before and after When Doves Cry. Tribute to the best single of all time!

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The Blue Nile – A Walk Across The Rooftops (Tinseltown In The Rain)

Somewhere in 1984 I heard the beautiful Tinseltown In The Rain for the first time. It turned out to be by The Blue Nile. Debut album A Walk Across The Rooftops is equally great!

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Echo & The Bunnymen – Ocean Rain

In 1984 Echo & The Bunnymen released the classic Ocean Rain. Lush orchestration with beautiful melodies and (incomprehensible) lyrics. A look back at a 1980’s classic.

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The best Donna Summer singles

As a tribute to Donna Summer the ten best singles by The Queen Of Disco and The First Lady of Love. Disco sucks? Hell no!

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Prince steps back into the limelight: Musicology

After years of obscurity Prince wanted to step back into the limelight. He wrote a hit album, organized a successful tour and 2004 was his come back year. Veni, vidi, vici!

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