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

Mazarati

Mazarati, the story about the band, the debut album, 100 MPH, Prince's Kiss and more. thye rise and fall of an R&B group!

Max Romeo’s classic War Ina Babylon

In 1976 the first part of Lee "Scratch" Perry's "holy trinity" was released: Max Romeo's great War Ina Babylon!

Crass, Freud and feminism: Penis Envy

In 1981 Crass released their third album, the anarcho punk feminist Penis Envy. A look back at a brilliant album!

J Dilla – Donuts

Three days before his untimely death, J Dilla released the influential Donuts. A look back at an important hip-hop album!

PIL and the great Album

In 1986 Public Image Limited (PIL), consisting of the most unlikely line-up ever, released their fifth studio album. The story of Album!


Reviews

Prince – Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition

The long expected re-release of Prince's great 1987 album Sign O' The Times. A review of an impressive release. In one word? Crucial!

Neil Young – Homegrown

Another great release in Neil Young's ongoing Archives series, the previously unreleased 1975 album Homegrown. An impressive piece of music history.

Run The Jewels – RTJ4: tribute to victims, protestors and activists

The release of RTJ4 came earlier than planned. A great move, because this album is very much needed. The shocking events in the US need perspective. Run The Jewels provide that in an impressive way!

David Bowie – LIVEANDWELL.COM

In 1999 BowieNet members received the first Bowie internet CD, in part compiled by members themselves. In 2020 it was made available for everybody to enjoy and listen to!



Concerts

Altın Gün & Metropole Orkest

2½/5: The cooperation with the Metropole Orkest and the special ambiance couldn't inspire the band. Too bad.

U.K. Subs

3½/5: Very entertaining show by U.K. Subs, who raced through their set within an hour. Great evening!

Fırat Tanış

4/5: A great closer of the concert year 2019. A beautiful story by Fırat Tanış accompanied by beautiful songs performed at a very high level.


News items

News: Smashing Pumpkins – Cyr

On November 27th, 2020 the Smashing Pumpkins will release their new (double) album Cyr!

News: Bruce Springsteen – Letter To You

On October 23rd the new album by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will be released!


Lists

Album yearlist 2020

Album yearlist 2020

Album decade list 2010-2019

Album decade list 2010-2019