Welcome – A Pop Life

Welcome to my blog. In 2016 I wrote my first stories on my favorite albums. Due to the many, nice and positive feedback and comments I started this blog, A Pop Life subtitled My life with music.

What can you expect? Stories about music which I think is nice, beautiful of moving, reviews, concert reports and much more. I get very happy whenever I receive comments, whether through one of the social media channels or by using the comment form on this site. I love to hear from my readers!

For now, have very much (reading) fun!
Erwin Barendregt

Articles

Disco Demolition Night

On July 12, 1979. Disco Demolition Night took place. A promotional stunt or a racist, homophobic expression of white resentment?

Music For The Jilted Generation, the masterpiece by The Prodigy

In 1994 The Prodigy released their second and highly influential album Music For The Jilted Generation. The story of a true masterpiece!

Live Killers, goodbye to my childhood heroes Queen

In 1979 Queen released their first live album. Live Killers was the end of the line for me, the goodbye to my first musical heroes!

The Special AKA and the 1984 swan song, In The Studio

In 1984 The Special AKA released the album In The Studio. Despite the global hit Nelson Mandela the album wasn't successful. A look back.

The Glamorous Life, the complete Sheila E. – Prince story

In 1984 Sheila E. released her debut The Glamorous Life. It would be the start of a years' long conjunction with Prince. A look back.


Reviews

Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Research Arkestra – Paradiso Amsterdam 1970

In November 1970 Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Research Arkestra landed at the Amsterdams Paradiso for one unforgettable night. The recordings have been found and now we can all (finally) hear what we missed!

André 3000 – New Blue Sun

André 3000, the hip-hop genius, finally returns. With experimental jazzy ambient flute music? Oh, yes! A review.

Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert

Cat Power impresses again, this time with her interpretation of the famous Bob Dylan 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert. Stunning!

Prince & The New Power Generation – Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition

The rerelease of Diamonds And Pearls is finally here. A great box-set dedicated to one of the lesser Prince albums.



Concerts

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, 06/27/2024

4½/5: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band triumphed yet again. All musical means were used to ensure the maximum result: an ecstatic audience!

Nits, 04/13/2024

4/5: Nits at Carré Amsterdam. Great start, but after the break it wasn't the climax I was hoping for. Still had a great night!

Pixies, 03/21/2024

3/5: Pixies in Paradiso, Amsterdam. The show lacked dynamics, some great moments, but too little to make the concert really work.


News items

News: Waterloo 50 years, a letter by ABBA

50 years ago ABBA won the Eurovision songfestival with Waterloo, the real start of a dizzyingly successfuyl career.

News: Punks for Gaza

By now multiple punk compilations have been released in order to provide help to Palestinian victims of the hopeless spiral of violence. An overview.


Lists

Album yearlist 2023

Album yearlist 2023

Top2000 list 2023

Top2000 list 2023