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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Help Paradiso!

Paradiso Stained glass windows (

Paradiso has developed ten posters, which can be acquired for just € 15 each. Please help the Amsterdam Paradiso!

The Cult breaks through with Love!

The Cult - Love (

In 1985 The Cult released their second album Love. It pointed towards the rock band they were about to become, but still had new-wave and goth elements. The story of a great album!

Prince starts his genius run with the fantastic Dirty Mind

Prince - Paradiso basement May 29th, 1981 (

In 1980 Prince released his third album. Dirty Mind was to be the starting point of the unequalled series of no less than eight consecutive genius albums. The story of Dirty Mind!

Prince – Dirty Mind – Reviews, press & interviews

Prince - Dirty Mind - Reviews, press & interviews (

Dirty Mind, the album and the tour, were lauded by the press. In Europe also, where Prince played his first 3 shows in 1981. A collection of press clippings.

More Specials, the best album of 1980?

The Specials 1980 (

The story on the second album by The Specials. Amidst chaos, fights, resentment and creativity the band emerges with the sublime More Specials. A look back.

At long last Prince’s The Gold Experience is released!

Prince live 1995 (

Finally, The Gold Experience, Prince’s love child sees the light of day. The complete story about an album that sparked controversy. Was it worth it?

Prince – The Gold Experience – The reviews

Prince - The Gold Experience reviews (

How was The Gold Experience received by the press? Pretty mixed it seems. Read the collection of international reviews here on A Pop Life!

Prince – The Gold Experience – Press & interviews

Prince - The Gold Experience - Press & Interviews (

Before the release of The Gold Experience, O(+> had a lot to say and held a number of interviews. The press also tried feverishly to make sense of it all. An overview.

Neil Young’s first masterpiece, After The Gold Rush!

Neil Young - After The Gold Rush - Inner sleeve (

In 1970 Neil Young was part of a world famous quartet and released his third solo album, the masterpiece After The Gold Rush. The story behind the album.

The end of The Waterboys’ ‘big music’ trilogy: This Is The Sea

The Waterboys 1985 (

In 1985 The Waterboys released their third album, This Is The Sea. The album was supposed to deliver on the promise the band had made. Did they succeed?

Kiss makes it big time with Alive!

Kiss - Alive! outtake (

Early 1975 Kiss and Casablanca had their backs against the wall. Bankruptcy was just around the corner. The band took their last chance with both hands. The gamble paid off, Alive! became a huge success and the band’s career was saved. The story of a double live album that changed everything.

Bob Dylan – The 10 best albums

Bob Dylan goes electric at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 (

Finally, an overview of Bob Dylan’s best albums. Even though I don’t listen to him very often, Dylan is and always will be required listening for every music lover. His best 10!

Prince and the failed movie adventure, the story of Graffiti Bridge

Prince - Graffiti Bridge - Steven Parke painting (

In 1990 Prince released Graffiti Bridge, the album and the movie. Billed as a sequel to Purple Rain, the movie was a huge failure. The music was fine though. A look back!

Prince – Theatrical trailer for the movie Graffiti Bridge

Graffiti Bridge - Movie opening sequence (

This article contains the trailer for the movie Graffiti Bridge. The trailer was made for movie theaters all around the world.

Prince – Graffiti Bridge – The reviews

Prince - Graffiti Bridge - Reviews (

A vast collection of reviews for Prince’s Graffiti Bridge, the album and the movie. The press was fairly postive on the album, but destroyed the movie.