Month: May 2016

The day John Lennon died

On the 8th of December 1980 Mark Chapman shot and killed John Lennon just outside his apartment in New York. It was close to 11 pm local time. Approximately 3 hours later I heard the news on Dutch radio. It was the first time I cried about someone I didn’t know personally. I was 11…


The best opening track of a self titled debut?!

High Fidelity (Nick Hornby, 1995) is a book for and about music freaks. It is a story of a middle aged guy, bit of a loser, left by his girlfriend, who owns and runs a record shop with two equally pathetic friends. Reading it felt a bit like reading about myself, about my musical secrets…


The festival season

Music festivals are a good historic anchor point for me. They reflect my personal development and many socio-cultural trends. The first festival I remember visiting was Torhout 1987. I went with one of my uncles. We arrived in the middle of the Housemartins set. Iggy Pop just released his Blah Blah Blah album and together…


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