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

Roxy Music also convinces with the second album: For Your Pleasure

Early 1973 Roxy Music released their second album. Nowadays, many regard it as their best album. A look back on an impressive sequel to an already amazing debut.

Birthday gifts

Through the years I have been given many (musical) presents for my birthday. My sincere gratitude to all who have blessed me with their gifts!

Tears For Fears – The Hurting

In 1983 Tears For Fears released their debut album. The story of 'primal scream', unexpected success and sincere emotion.

Frank Zappa at the Hammersmith Odeon London 1978

In 1978 Frank Zappa performed in London. The recordings were released posthumously on his 70th birthday. Another impressive release!

Cat Power – You Are Free

In 2003 Cat Power released an album with her own material. It was called You Are Free, an impressive collection of haunting songs.


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

Nai Barghouti, 01/28/2023

2½/5: A tribute to Fairouz by Nail Barghouti, accompanied by the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra, just works for only 2 songs.

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!


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 2022

Album yearlist 2022

Album yearlist 2021

Album yearlist 2021