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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 

Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids (electricityclub.co.uk)

Japan – Gentlemen Take Polaroids

Japan released their fourth album Gentlemen Take Polaroids in 1980. An album without any weak links. The story behind another classic Japan album.

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Paradiso Stained glass windows (dfdsseaways.co.uk)

Help Paradiso!

Paradiso has developed ten posters, which can be acquired for just € 15 each. Please help the Amsterdam Paradiso!

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The Cult - Love (beggars.com)

The Cult breaks through with Love!

In 1985 The Cult released their second album Love. It pointed towards the rock band they were about to become, but still had new-wave and goth elements. The story of a great album!

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Prince - Paradiso basement May 29th, 1981 (facebook.com)

Prince starts his genius run with the fantastic Dirty Mind

In 1980 Prince released his third album. Dirty Mind was to be the starting point of the unequalled series of no less than eight consecutive genius albums. The story of Dirty Mind!

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Prince - Dirty Mind - Reviews, press & interviews (apoplife.nl)

Prince – Dirty Mind – Reviews, press & interviews

Dirty Mind, the album and the tour, were lauded by the press. In Europe also, where Prince played his first 3 shows in 1981. A collection of press clippings.

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The Specials 1980 (thespecials.com)

More Specials, the best album of 1980?

The story on the second album by The Specials. Amidst chaos, fights, resentment and creativity the band emerges with the sublime More Specials. A look back.

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Prince live 1995 (pitchfork.com)

At long last Prince’s The Gold Experience is released!

Finally, The Gold Experience, Prince’s love child sees the light of day. The complete story about an album that sparked controversy. Was it worth it?

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Prince - The Gold Experience reviews (apoplife.nl)

Prince – The Gold Experience – The reviews

How was The Gold Experience received by the press? Pretty mixed it seems. Read the collection of international reviews here on A Pop Life!

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Prince - The Gold Experience - Press & Interviews (apoplife.nl)

Prince – The Gold Experience – Press & interviews

Before the release of The Gold Experience, O(+> had a lot to say and held a number of interviews. The press also tried feverishly to make sense of it all. An overview.

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Neil Young - After The Gold Rush - Inner sleeve (snapgalleries.com)

Neil Young’s first masterpiece, After The Gold Rush!

In 1970 Neil Young was part of a world famous quartet and released his third solo album, the masterpiece After The Gold Rush. The story behind the album.

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