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 Clash and London Calling, the story of a triumph

At the brink of the new 1980s decade a masterpiece was released. The double album London Calling by The Clash is a caleidoscopic, impressive album. A look back.

In 1984 charity hit the charts: Do They Know It’s Christmas?

At the end of 1984 the charity single Do They Know It’s Christmas? unexpectedly turned out to be one of the biggest singles of the year. The story behind this unique occasion.

In 1974 Genesis releases the masterful The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

In 1974 Genesis released their master piece The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. A groundbreaking album, on several levels. A look back at the last Genesis album featuring Peter Gabriel.

The Smiths release their first masterpiece: Hatful Of Hollow

In 1984 The Smiths released their debut album. It was a bit of a letdown. Nine months later Hatful Of Hollow was released. The band lived up to its promise and more. The birth of a true phenomenon!

In 1979 Crass release their ultimate statement: Stations Of The Crass

In 1979 Crass released their second album. Stations Of The Crass bought the band’s ideology, conviction, rage and optimism home, with a vengeance. And successfully as well!

Jesse Johnson – Verbal Penetration

After leaving The Time, Jesse Johnson started a successful solo career. In 2009 he made Verbal Penetration, an impressive tour-de-force.

Prince releases his second album, the first real hint of what’s to come?

Prince’s second album pointed to the future and sounded more accessible and danceable than the year old debut. Could Prince deliver on his promise?

Fleetwood Mac after Rumours, the only way is Tusk?

Is any band capable of making another classic album after the release of an album like Rumours? Fleetwood Mac tried. Did they succeed?

The Replacements start their 3-in-a-row brilliant albums with Let It Be

In 1984 The Replacements released their first truly great album: Let It Be. Their subsequent two albums Tim and Pleased To Meet Me were arguably even more stunning. A look back at 3-in-a-row brilliance!

Prince releases 2 albums in one day: PLECTRUMELECTRUM and ART OFFICIAL AGE

In 2014 Prince released two albums in one day, using Warner Bros. as the record company! The story on PLECTRUMELECTRUM and ART OFFICAL AGE!

Bruce Springsteen: 70 years old today!

Bruce Springsteen turned 70 years old today. A tribute to the artist by celebrating the stunningly beautiful Racing In The Street!

Arcade Fire debuts with the brilliant Funeral

In 2004 Arcade Fire released their debut album. It stunned audiences over the world and was hailed as an instant all-time-classic. Deservedly so? Absolutely! A look back at a brilliant debut.

My 10 favorite music movies

Following my favorite soundtracks, here are my favorite music movies. From Woodstock to Whiplash, which music movies did I enjoy most?

35 years ago the impressive Shocking Shades Of Claw Boys Claw is released

In 1984 the Dutch band Claw Boys Claw from Amsterdam debut with their Shocking Shades Of Claw Boys Claw, an album that was recorded in just three hours, after winning a prize. A look back!

Claw Boys Claw – With Love From The Boys

The second album by Claw Boys Claw, With Love From The Boys, is not available anywhere. A disgrace!