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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 

Thomas Dolby – The Flat Earth

In 1984 Thomas Dolby released his second album. Was it just as good as his fantastic debut and She Blinded Me With Science? A look back.

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Prince & The Revolution Live 08/17/1986 (1986 Arne van der Zande)

New photo’s Prince & The Revolution Live 1986

An A Pop Life exclusive. Twenty photos, which have never been published before, of Prince & The Revolution live in Ahoy Rotterdam in 1986!

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Crass – The Feeding Of The 5000

At the end of the 1970’s Crass started her full-on attack on society. The Feeding Of The 5000 was their first feat. An anarchopunk classic!

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Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead

40 years ago Bauhaus 1919 went into the studio for the first time. The first song they ever recorded became an anthem and the start of a new musical genre. An extraordinary story.

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Antony And The Johnsons – The Crying Light

In 2009 Antony And The Johnsons released their third album. A triumph. A beautiful, moving album. And, why is Beyoncé involved?

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1984, the best year for pop music?

5 years ago 1984 was proclaimed to be the best year for pop music. Indeed, the year did spawn many great albums. But was it all really that special?

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Closing of 2018

Closing of 2018. What was good? What wasn’t? What were the main events? What blog stories were favorite? A look back at 2018.

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James Brown: A Funky Christmas!

James Brown’s second Christmas album was released 50 years ago! A look back at the most funky Christmas ever created. By The Godfather Of Soul!

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Breaking up in public: Marvin Gaye’s impressive Here, My Dear

Marvin Gaye’s marriage was over. A remarkable payment arrangement was struck. Here, My Dear was Marvin’s account of this tumultuous period in his life.

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Public Image Limited: life after The Sex Pistols

In 1978 Johnny Rotten was fed up with The Sex Pistols. Out with punk. In came Public Image Limited. Post punk avant la lettre!

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