Erwin Barendregt

Erwin Barendregt, owner of A Pop Life (.nl) blog. Subtitle My life with music show the reason behind blog-subjects. Personal stories and preferences are the main subject for the posts and reviews on this blog. Erwin is a passionate musiclover and can frequently be found in concert venues in Holland, and is a person who lacks the stamina/talent to be a musician himself :-).

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The Family, the ultimate Prince satellite project

The Family (

In 1985 The Family, a Prince sattelite act, released their debut. The album was and is a great example of the crossroads Prince found himself at. Impressive and innovative!

Deee-Lite’s Groove Is In the Heart

Deee-Lite in The Netherlands 1991 (

On August 7th, 1990, Deee-Lite debuted with their stunning World Clique album. It contained one of the biggest hits of the decade: Groove Is In The Heart. A look back.

Zapp, revolutionary electro funk pioneers

Zapp's classic singles More Bounce To The Ounce & Dance Floor (

On July 28th, 1980, the influential electro funk band Zapp released their debut album. More Bounce To The Ounce was the start of an interesting and tragic career.

Joy And Pain, the story of Maze

Maze - Joy And Pain (

In 1980 Maze release their fourth album, the exquisite Joy And Pain. A look back at the album and the career of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly!

Live Aid, the day the world cared (and wanted to see music)

Live Aid Posters (

On July 13th, 1985, the most important and impressive concert of the 1980s took place in London and Philadephia: the benefit concert Live Aid. A look back.

Live Aid in the Dutch press

Live Aid - de Volkskrant 07/12/1985 (

Live Aid was the ultimate live event in the 1980s. A lot was written about it, in the Dutch press as well. A small selection of publications in 1985.

Sufjan Stevens releases his beautiful and moving Illinois

Sufjan Stevens 2005 (

In 2005 Sufjan Stevens impresses music lovers around the world with the stunningly beautiful and impressive Illinois. A true masterpiece that will never lose its magic.

My 10 best Joy Division songs

Joy Division - Subway by Anton Corbijn (

It was about time: my 10 most favorite Joy Division songs. Including a short biography on the band and Ian Curtis and playlist!

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter (

A small selection of new music, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Stop racism now!

Emotional Rescue, the forgotten Rolling Stones album

The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue vinyl (

In 1980 The Rolling Stones released the album (and single) Emotional Rescue. The album tends to be overlooked. Unjustly so. The story of a forgotten album.

The first posthumous Joy Division release: Love Will Tear Us Apart

In June 1980 Joy Division was no more. Just one month earlier the future seemed bright, but it all changed on May 18th, 1980. The band’s first release since that date was the haunting Love Will Tear Us Apart.

Prince live in 1990, the story of the Nude tour

Prince - Nude Tour - Rotterdam (

On June 2nd, 1990, Prince launched his Nude Tour in Rotterdam. Following two of his most ambitious tours yet, it was time to relax and have some fun. The main goal was to have a party!

Prince – Nude Tour Book

Prince - Nude Tour Book (

Prince’s 1990 Nude Tour also spawned a tour book. For the first time Prince looked back, in writing also. The scans of the beautifully designed tour book!

Prince – Nude Tour – The reviews

Prince - Nude Tour - Reviews (

Prince’s 1990 Nude Tour received heavy press coverage. No unanimous praise this time, but disappointment and admiration went hand in hand. A selection of reviews.

Prince – Nude Tour – Television reports

Prince - Nude Tour - TV coverage (

The Nude Tour has generated quite some televized fragments, This article contains five news items that can be shown. Three from Holland, one by MTV and one from Ireland. Happy viewing!