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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 

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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David Sylvian debuts with the beautiful, subdued Brilliant Trees

After the demise of Japan, former bandleader David Sylvian went to work on his debut album. He would unleash his masterpiece Brilliant Trees in June 1984.

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The 10 best Michael Jackson singles

Ten years ago Michael Jackson died. Even though it was a public secret he wasn’t doing well, his death was still a shock, His 10 best singles in The Netherlands.

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Prince reaches the top of the world with Purple Rain, the album, the movie and the tour

In 1984 Prince dominated the charts. His album, movie and tour Purple Rain were everywhere. Prince had finally arrived at the place he wanted to be: world domination!

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Prince – Theatrical trailer for the movie Purple Rain

This article contains the theatrical trailer to the Prince movie Purple Rain. The trailer was made for movie theaters all around the world.

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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds debut with the exquisite From Her To Eternity

In 1984 Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds debuted with their tensive, exciting and innovative From Her To Eternity. Read the story of the start of a fascinating career!

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Prince - Batdance video still (apoplife.nl)

Get the funk up! Prince and Batman: crown time is over?

In 1989 Prince planned to do things a bit more releaxed, until he received a phone call from the producers of a movie. He couldn’t resist. The story behind the hit record Batman!

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Maria McKee releases her beautiful debut album

In 1989 Maria McKee released her debut album. After the Lone Justice years finally new music again by the greatest female singer I know. A look back.

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