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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 

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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Prince releases the fine album Come (and nobody seems to care)

In 1994 Prince, using his old name, released the album Come. Prince was buried and the general public didn’t understand at all. The story on a forgotten, great album!

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Spoon sparkles, rocks and funks on They Want My Soul

The American band Spoon started ay back in 1993, but in Holland they weren’t really noticed until 2014. At last: They Want My Soul is superb!

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My 10 favorite soundtracks

Which soundtracks have I listened to the most and are among my favorites? From Saturday Night Fever to Twin Peaks: the world of the soundtrack!

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Sade seduces the world with Diamond Life

Thirty-five years ago the band Sade release their debut album Diamond Life to universal acclaim. A timeless classic that still sounds fresh today. A look back.

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The Fatal Flowers were back, for a short while. The story of the best band coming from Holland!

‘Who says the Dutch can’t rock?’ asked Rolling Stone magazine in a rave review for the debut album by Dutch band The Fatal Flowers. Good question. It was the start of a promising career for the best band Holland has ever had.

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The Gun Club’s superb The Las Vegas Story

In 1984 The Gun Club started afresh on their third album The Las Vegas Story. Released in June 1984, it was the best of their career.

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