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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 releases his second album, the first real hint of what’s to come?

Prince’s second album pointed to the future and sounded more accessible and danceable than the year old debut. Could Prince deliver on his promise?

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Fleetwood Mac after Rumours, the only way is Tusk?

Is any band capable of making another classic album after the release of an album like Rumours? Fleetwood Mac tried. Did they succeed?

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Prince – The 25 best live bootlegs!

The A Pop Life panel has pondered the question which Prince performances resulted in the best live bootlegs. Bram, Edward, Erwin, Leon en Vincent went to work and came up with the ultimate list!

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The Replacements start their 3-in-a-row brilliant albums with Let It Be

In 1984 The Replacements released their first truly great album: Let It Be. Their subsequent two albums Tim and Pleased To Meet Me were arguably even more stunning. A look back at 3-in-a-row brilliance!

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Prince releases 2 albums in one day: PLECTRUMELECTRUM and ART OFFICIAL AGE

In 2014 Prince released two albums in one day, using Warner Bros. as the record company! The story on PLECTRUMELECTRUM and ART OFFICAL AGE!

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Bruce Springsteen: 70 years old today!

Bruce Springsteen turned 70 years old today. A tribute to the artist by celebrating the stunningly beautiful Racing In The Street!

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Arcade Fire debuts with the brilliant Funeral

In 2004 Arcade Fire released their debut album. It stunned audiences over the world and was hailed as an instant all-time-classic. Deservedly so? Absolutely! A look back at a brilliant debut.

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My 10 favorite music movies

Following my favorite soundtracks, here are my favorite music movies. From Woodstock to Whiplash, which music movies did I enjoy most?

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35 years ago the impressive Shocking Shades Of Claw Boys Claw is released

In 1984 the Dutch band Claw Boys Claw from Amsterdam debut with their Shocking Shades Of Claw Boys Claw, an album that was recorded in just three hours, after winning a prize. A look back!

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Claw Boys Claw - With Love From The Boys (discogs.com)

Claw Boys Claw – With Love From The Boys

The second album by Claw Boys Claw, With Love From The Boys, is not available anywhere. A disgrace!

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