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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 

The Family (analogkidblog.wordpress.com)

The Family, the ultimate Prince satellite project

In 1985 The Family, a Prince sattelite act, released their debut. The album was and is a great example of the crossroads Prince found himself at. Impressive and innovative!

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Deee-Lite in The Netherlands 1991 (fanart.tv/apoplife.nl)

Deee-Lite’s Groove Is In the Heart

On August 7th, 1990, Deee-Lite debuted with their stunning World Clique album. It contained one of the biggest hits of the decade: Groove Is In The Heart. A look back.

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Zapp's classic singles More Bounce To The Ounce & Dance Floor (dutchcharts.nl)

Zapp, revolutionary electro funk pioneers

On July 28th, 1980, the influential electro funk band Zapp released their debut album. More Bounce To The Ounce was the start of an interesting and tragic career.

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Timur bought the Lianne La Havas cd (timursverhalen.wordpress.com)

Lianne La Havas (by guest author Timur)

My 11 year old son is crazy about Lianne La Havas’ music. So much so that he wrote a story about her on his blog. He luckily agreed to publsih it here as well. Have fun!

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Maze - Joy And Pain (spotify.com)

Joy And Pain, the story of Maze

In 1980 Maze release their fourth album, the exquisite Joy And Pain. A look back at the album and the career of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly!

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Live Aid Posters (apoplife.nl)

Live Aid, the day the world cared (and wanted to see music)

On July 13th, 1985, the most important and impressive concert of the 1980s took place in London and Philadephia: the benefit concert Live Aid. A look back.

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Live Aid - de Volkskrant 07/12/1985 (apoplife.nl)

Live Aid in the Dutch press

Live Aid was the ultimate live event in the 1980s. A lot was written about it, in the Dutch press as well. A small selection of publications in 1985.

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Sufjan Stevens 2005 (culturemap.com)

Sufjan Stevens releases his beautiful and moving Illinois

In 2005 Sufjan Stevens impresses music lovers around the world with the stunningly beautiful and impressive Illinois. A true masterpiece that will never lose its magic.

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Joy Division - Subway by Anton Corbijn (pinterest.com)

My 10 best Joy Division songs

It was about time: my 10 most favorite Joy Division songs. Including a short biography on the band and Ian Curtis and playlist!

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Black Lives Matter (blacklivesmatter.com)

Black Lives Matter

A small selection of new music, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Stop racism now!

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