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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 

1984, the best year for pop music?

5 years ago 1984 was proclaimed to be the best year for pop music. Indeed, the year did spawn many great albums. But was it all really that special?

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Closing of 2018

Closing of 2018. What was good? What wasn’t? What were the main events? What blog stories were favorite? A look back at 2018.

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James Brown: A Funky Christmas!

James Brown’s second Christmas album was released 50 years ago! A look back at the most funky Christmas ever created. By The Godfather Of Soul!

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Breaking up in public: Marvin Gaye’s impressive Here, My Dear

Marvin Gaye’s marriage was over. A remarkable payment arrangement was struck. Here, My Dear was Marvin’s account of this tumultuous period in his life.

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Public Image Limited: life after The Sex Pistols

In 1978 Johnny Rotten was fed up with The Sex Pistols. Out with punk. In came Public Image Limited. Post punk avant la lettre!

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The Manor Sessions: The Cult travels from Love through Peace to Electric

After the, unexpected, big success of Love, The Cult went to work on Peace. The album would never be released. With Rick Rubin the band would release successor Electric. The story!

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The live album by Siouxsie And The Banshees: Nocturne

In 1983 Siouxsie And The Banshees released the live double album Nocturne. At last it clicked. The story of Siouxise and Robert Smith’s help.

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Without Eno Roxy Music makes the album Stranded: their best?

Before Roxy Music started recordings for their third album, Brian Eno was fired. Did it impact their third album, Stranded?

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Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe

Five years ago I bought the second Blood Orange based on reading reviews alone. They promised something beautiful. A look back at the Cupid Deluxe.

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Queen and fascism: the Jazz album

Following the release of the Jazz album, Queen was called a fascist band. A preposterous statement. In search of the story behind the seventh Queen album.

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