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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 

Put Your Slouch Socks On: TV One’s Docuseries Unsung Celebrates the Music and the Legacy of 1980s Family Group The Jets

Put Your Slouch Socks On: TV One’s Docuseries Unsung Celebrates the Music and the Legacy of 1980s Family Group The Jets. A story by Aisha K. Staggers.

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Sufjan Stevens – Seven Swans

15 years ago Sufjan Stevens releases the beautiful Seven Swans, a break from the year-old ‘Fifty States Project’. A look back!

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Prince at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: the guitar solo

On March 15th, 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. The ceremony ended with While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Prince played circles around everyone and delivered an epic guitar solo.

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The best live albums

What are the best live albums of all time? A selection from my personal collection. My most played, sometimes with the most childhood memories, concert recordings!

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Keith Flint 1969-2019

Today news broke that Keith Flint has died. Sad tidings indeed. A short tribute.

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The birth of the best song of all time: When Doves Cry

35 years ago Prince started recording his masterpiece all by himself: When Doves Cry. The story behind the best single of all time, day by day.

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Underworld – Beaucoup Fish

In 1999 Underworld released the fantastic Beaucoup Fish. How does that album hold up compared to their entire body of work? A look back.

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Mark Hollis 1955-2019

And suddenly news broke that Mark Hollis had passed away. Twenty years after withdrawing from the limelights it was still world (music) news. A tribute.

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Van Hunt debuts

In 2004 Van Hunt makes his debut. A promising new artist, who makes ‘real’ soul and can do everything by himself. A look back at his first album.

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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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