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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 

Devo - Freedom Of Choice - Poster (dangerousminds.net)

Devo’s third (and best?) album, Freedom Of Choice

In 1980 Devo released their third album. Freedom Of Choice saw the band taking a new turn which obviously connected to people. It was to be the band’s biggest succes, one that unfortunately wouldn’t be replicated.

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Prince - 15 Best B-sides - Header (apoplife.nl)

Prince – The 15 best B-sides!

This time the A Pop Life panel pondered the question which Prince B-side was the best of them all. Bram, Edward, Erwin, Herman, Leon, Rick en Vincent went to work and came up with the ultimate list!

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Linton Kwesi Johnson - Bass Culture (allmusic.com)

Linton Kwesi Johnson’s masterpiece Bass Culture

Linton Kwesi Johnson’s third album Bass Culture appeared in 1980. An impressive and rather depressing report on immigrant life in England. Read the complete story!

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The Cure - A Forest (7 en 12 inch) (discogs.com)

The Cure surprises with the sublime Seventeen Seconds

In 1980 The Cure released their second album, Seventeen Seconds, the real beginning. The story behind the album and its subsequrent tour.

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Prince And The Revolution - Around The World In A Day - Album cover print proof (icollector.com)

Prince creates psychedelic funk on Around The World In A Day

In 1985 Prince released the impressive Around The World In A Day. The complete story on an album that above everything else should not be Purple Rain Part II.

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Prince And The Revolution - Around The World In A Day reviews (apoplife.nl)

Prince – Around The World In A Day – The reviews

Five contemporary reviews of Prince’s seventh album Around The World In A Day, which was released on April 22nd, 1985. Mixed reviews on a superb album.

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Prince - Interview MTV 1985 (mtv.com)

Prince – The MTV interview

At the end of 1985 MTV aired the first ever video interview with Prince. The pre-selected questions were asked by his manager Steve Fargnoli. The question remains whether or not Prince made the right decision in releasing this interview.

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Prince - Rolling Stone Interview 1985 (worthpoint.com)

Prince tries to control the damage: the big 1985 Rolling Stone interview

In 1985 Prince started to receive a lot of bad press. Next to writing songs about it, why shouldn’t he tell his side of things? And so he did. The story behind the 1985 Rolling Stone interview.

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Prince - Spaghetti commercial (apoplife.nl)

Prince – The spaghetti controversy!

In 1985 Prince the pasta company aired a commercial that played into the Purple Rain mania surrounding Prince. His management was not amused. Prince thought it was funny.

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Romanthony - R.Hide In Plain Site (discogs.com)

Romanthony – R.Hide In Plain Site

The story on the album R.Hide In Plain Site by Romanthony. A look back and tribute to the career of the original dance producer Romanthony, that was tragically cut short.

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