Welcome – A Pop Life

Welcome to my blog. In 2016 I wrote my first stories on my favorite albums. Due to the many, nice and positive feedback and comments I started this blog, A Pop Life subtitled My life with music.

What can you expect? Stories about music which I think is nice, beautiful of moving, reviews, concert reports and much more. I get very happy whenever I receive comments, whether through one of the social media channels or by using the comment form on this site. I love to hear from my readers!

For now, have very much (reading) fun!
Erwin Barendregt

Articles

Black Album (by guest author Edward)

Some 35 years ago, a mysterious record was waiting to see the light of day. But it never happened...

Lijntje Elisabeth Pel 1943 – 2012

Ten years ago my mother passed away. Next to all the hurt and hassle there was music as well. A look back.

Parliament – Funkentelechy vs. The Placebo Syndrome: the end of the P-Funk trilogy

In 1977 Parliament released parth three of their P-Funk trilogy: the fantastic Funkentelechy vs. The Placebo Syndrome. Read the full story!

Andy Allo debuts on NPG Records with Superconductor

The story of Andy Allo, The NPG, Superconductor and Oui Can Luv. Love, music, beautiful shows and passion!

Prince – The 15 most beautiful covers!

This time the A Pop Life panel pondered the question which Prince cover was the most beautiful of them all and came up with the ultimate list!


Reviews

Sudan Archives – Natural Brown Prom Queen

On September 9, 2022, Sudan Archives released her second album: the beautiful Natural Brown Prom Queen. Definitely highly recommended!

Prince And The Revolution – Live

In 1985 Prince And The Revolution played to an audience of millions. The audio recordings have been remastered and (finally) released seperately. It's a beautiful document!

Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

Over 5 years after the fantastic DAMN., Kendrick Lamar finally releases a successor. Is the new album really that good again? Yes, yes and yes again!

Review: ABBA – Voyage

Guest author Edward provides us with his take on the new ABBA album Voyage!



Concerts

Sudan Archives, 11/15/2022

3½/5: Sudan Archives provides a highly entertaining evening in Amsterdam's Paradiso Noord. She has great potential. Her audience is very, very enthusiastic.

Pavement, 11/08/2022

4½/5: Pavement delivered a thrilling show.  My personal  concert surprise in 2022. No small feat, given my high expectations and hopes!

Kendrick Lamar, 10/28/2022

4½/5: Kendrick Lamar and Antwerp: veni, vidi, vici. The audience ate from his hands and the music and presentation were impressive. Again!


News items

News: Announcing Revolver Special Editions

On October 28th, 2022, the (best?) Beatles album Revolver will be re-released with new mixes and many extras. Something to look forward to!

News: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real Live album

On August 5th, 2022, the live album Noise & Flowers by Neil Young + Promise Of The Real will be released, a report of their 2019 European tour.


Lists

Album yearlist 2021

Album yearlist 2021

Album yearlist 2020

Album yearlist 2020