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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 

Mayte - Child Of The Sun (bol.com)

Mayte also releases an album, Child Of The Sun

In 1995 Mayte released her first (and last) album on NPG Records. The story of that album and her introduction to and departure from Prince’s world.

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Sly And The Family Stone 1970 (youtube.com)

Sly And The Family Stone release one of the best compilations of all time

Sly And The Family Stone released one of the very best albums of all time in 1970: Greatest Hits. The best compilation album ever?

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Prince - 15 Best Remixes - Header (apoplife.nl)

Prince -The 15 best remixes!

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

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Kate Bush - Aerial (katebush.com)

Kate Bush makes her comeback with the beautiful Aerial

After a twelve year abscence Kate Bush returned to the world of music in 2005. Aerial reminded everyone just how good and unique Kate Bush still was. A look back.

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Outkast - Stankonia (amazon.com)

Outkast releases the fantastic Stankonia!

After the impressive Acquemini, Outkast almost effortlessly equalled it in 2000: Stankonia. The story behind masterpiece number two!

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Frank Zappa - Buffalo (zappa.com)

Today in 1980 Frank Zappa performed in Buffalo

On October 25th, 1980, Frank Zappa and his alien, perfect band played in Buffalo, New York. A look back on a fantastic show and release!

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Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids (electricityclub.co.uk)

Japan – Gentlemen Take Polaroids

Japan released their fourth album Gentlemen Take Polaroids in 1980. An album without any weak links. The story behind another classic Japan album.

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Paradiso Stained glass windows (dfdsseaways.co.uk)

Help Paradiso!

Paradiso has developed ten posters, which can be acquired for just € 15 each. Please help the Amsterdam Paradiso!

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The Cult - Love (beggars.com)

The Cult breaks through with Love!

In 1985 The Cult released their second album Love. It pointed towards the rock band they were about to become, but still had new-wave and goth elements. The story of a great album!

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Prince - Paradiso basement May 29th, 1981 (facebook.com)

Prince starts his genius run with the fantastic Dirty Mind

In 1980 Prince released his third album. Dirty Mind was to be the starting point of the unequalled series of no less than eight consecutive genius albums. The story of Dirty Mind!

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