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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Japan – Oil On Canvas

Japan – Oil On Canvas: 35 years later still a monumental goodbye to one of the greatest bands of the early 1980’s. A review of one of my all time favorite albums.

Prince and the name change

25 years ago Prince shocked the (music)world. He took on a new name. A symbol that was unpronouncable. Looking back at 6.5 years of controversy.

LCD Soundsystem, the best songs

The band that moves me the most in the 21st century is LCD Soundsystem. Never made a bad album, never recorded a bad song and never gave a bad show. Pretty impressive. The 10 best songs!

Roy Ayers – Coffy

Early 1970’s blaxploitation movies were very popular. Many of those movies contained beautiful music. As was the case with Coffy, which got a fantastisc jazzy soundtrack, made by Roy Ayers.

Herman Brood makes two great rock albums in 1 year!

1978: Herman Brood makes two great rock records in 1 year! Shpritsz and Cha Cha are among the very best that Dutch rock ‘n roll has ever produced. 40 years ago Herman Brood took The Netherlands by storm. A look back on a true phenomenon!

Classixx – Hanging Gardens

In 2013, 5 years ago today, Classixx, after long deliberation, finally released their debut album. Hanging Gardens is a ‘feel good’ dance album, that is great to listen to.

Lovesexy: Prince’s crowning achievement

After Dirty Mind, Controversy, 1999, Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day, Parade and Sign O’ The Times (and the withdrawn The Black Album) Prince just delivers another masterpiece. Where does it end? Another title added to the already impressive list of genius albums: Lovesexy!

The Child Of Lov

In 2013 The Child Of Lov’s debut is released. A total stranger. Slowly, but surely, more information is revealed. It turns out to a Belgian Dutchman. Unfortunately, The Child Of Lov passes away the same year…

Cheap Trick At Budokan: The Complete Concert

Cheap Trick At Budokan: The Complete Concert. 20 Years ago, the Japanese show from 20 years earlier, was re-released. Complete, this time! A fantastic document of a band at the peak of their powers. A look back.

Roger Daltrey goes solo

During a short break from commitments for The Who, Roger Daltrey fulfills his own dream. A solo album. It turns into a success. Is the album any good?

Grease is the word

In 1978 a movie of a musical was the craze of the summer. The movie and its merchandising were everywhere. A look back at the romantic comedy that filled the eyes and ears of adolescents all over the world.

Prince makes his debut: For You

In 1978, 40 years ago, Prince Rogers Nelson makes his debut. The start of a career of one of the most interesting, influential and exciting artists of all time.

Paradiso, the most beautiful concert venue turns 50

Paradiso, the ultimate concert venue of The Netherlands and surrounding countries of the world, turns 50 years old. A look back on its rich history and a tribute to 50 years of pop music in Amsterdam.

Mandrill – Composite Truth

Composite Truth is the third album by the heavily underrated and way too unknown (funk) band Mandrill. A tribute to a forgotten masterpiece.

24-Carat Black – Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth

In 1973 the album Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth by the group 24-Carat Black was released, their first and last album. The story of a forgotten masterpiece!