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 Jam – Dig The New Breed

After 5 years Paul Weller needed a change. The Jam was no more. A farewell tour was organized and a compilation live-album was released: Dig The New Breed.

The Black Album: Prince gets funky

In 1987 The Black Album was to be released. It ultimately wasn’t. At the very last minute Prince retracted the album. What prompted that decision?

The evening of Sinterklaas Day 1977 & Queen’s News Of The World

On the evening of Sinterklaas Day 1977 I got the latest Queen album: News Of The World! How does it hold up today? A look back.

Mama, 1943 – 2012

Five years ago today, my mother passed away. Too young, too soon and completely unexpected.

My 10 best songs of all time

This year my son asked me if I had published my 10 best songs yet. Why not was the next question. Hereby I present my list.

Donny Hathaway – Live

Donny Hathaway’s Live is one of the best live albums of all times by one of the best soul singers of all time. A story about beautiful music and a premature death.

Peter Tosh – Equal Rights

In 1977 Peter Tosh releases his second solo-album. It is highly successful. Equal Rights is a political album and a classic with reggae. A look back.

Mick Karn – Titles

Mick Karn’s first solo-album coincided with the unfortunate disintegration of Japan. Karn makes his bass talk on the album and that makes for an astounding result.

Lou Reed – Transformer

Lou Reed’s Transformer is 45 years old. A milestone in the career of Reed. With the help from David Bowie and Mick Ronson it turned into a classic!

Culture – Two Sevens Clash

And once again a classic reggae album from 1977: Culture’s Two Sevens Clash. The title song kept the half of Jamaica inside. Why? Read the article!

Neil Young – Harvest Moon

Is Neil Young’s 1992 album Harvest Moon the sequel to his 1972 album Harvest? A look back at a classic Neil Young album at the time he got his mojo back.

King Sunny Adé – Juju Music

In 1982 King Sunny Adé released his first (of three) album on Island Records. It was a smash hit. A look back on the African album that conquered the West.

1999: Prince on his way to the top

Prince makes his first double-album: 1999. It turned out to be Prince’s breakthrough in the US. On his terms with an album that contains a lot of experimental music. Looking back at a crucial album in his career.

Junior Murvin – Police & Thieves

40 years ago Junior Murvin released the album Police & Thieves. The single carrying the same name became an anthem against police brutality in England and was combined with punk.

Iggy Pop – Lust For Life

40 years ago Iggy Pop released the adrenaline boost known as Lust For Life as a single. It still is a monumental song that introduced punk to the Dutch kids.