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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 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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Pixies and the story behind the classic Doolittle

In 1989 the Pixies released their masterpiece Doolittle. A spectacularly good album that influenced future generations to this day. A look back at a great, superb, fantastic album.

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Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love

In 2014 Paolo Nutini released his third album, Caustic Love. A beautiful, atmospheric, soulful album with the impressive songs Better Man and Iron Sky. A look back.

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Gil Scott-Heron: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The story on the 1974 compilation and the greatest song in Gil Scott-Heron’s career: The Revolution Will Not be Televised. The birth of hip-hop? A look back.

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Prince – The Chocolate Invasion & The Slaughterhouse: ‘File under P’?

On March 29th, 2004, Prince released two compilation albums, availaible exclusively to members of the NPG Music Club. A look back at two forgotten releases in Prince’s rich body of work.

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Prince – The Lotusflow3r three album set

In 2009 Prince released a new album: in normal Prince fashion this was no ordinary release: Lotusflow3r, three albums in one.

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Prince – Commercial for the Lotusflow3r three album set

This article contains the American video commercial for the Prince Lotusflow3r three cd set, which was sold exclusively at Target.

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Put Your Slouch Socks On: TV One’s Docuseries Unsung Celebrates the Music and the Legacy of 1980s Family Group The Jets

Put Your Slouch Socks On: TV One’s Docuseries Unsung Celebrates the Music and the Legacy of 1980s Family Group The Jets. A story by Aisha K. Staggers.

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Sufjan Stevens – Seven Swans

15 years ago Sufjan Stevens releases the beautiful Seven Swans, a break from the year-old ‘Fifty States Project’. A look back!

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Prince at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: the guitar solo

On March 15th, 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. The ceremony ended with While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Prince played circles around everyone and delivered an epic guitar solo.

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