Today I am on the blog tour for Dear Mr Pop Star by Derek & Dave Philpott. I share my review on this one!
A collection of hilarious letters to iconic pop and rock stars with fantastic in-on-the-joke replies from the artists themselves: Eurythmics, Heaven 17, Deep Purple, Devo, Dr. Hook and many, many more…
For more than a decade, Derek Philpott and his son, Dave, have been writing deliberately deranged letters to pop stars from the 1960s to the 90s to take issue with the lyrics of some of their best-known songs. They miss the point as often as they hit it.
But then, to their great surprise, the pop stars started writing back…
Dear Mr Pop Star contains 100 of Derek and Dave’s greatest hits, including correspondence with Katrina and the Waves, Tears for Fears, Squeeze, The Housemartins, Suzi Quatro, Devo, Deep Purple, Nik Kershaw, T’Pau, Human League, Eurythmics, Wang Chung, EMF, Mott the Hoople, Heaven 17, Jesus Jones, Johnny Hates Jazz, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, Chesney Hawkes and many, many more.
Authors: Derek & Dave Philpott
Published: September 20, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: October 6-7, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Letter writing is becoming a rarity in our instant electronic world. Growing up, we all seemed to write to a celebrity or two. Maybe we heard back from the celebrity, but most likely we did not. Derek and Dave Philpott have done this: They actually wrote letters to pop stars, and they even got letters back!…..
The letters to the pop stars can be hilarious as are the responses they get. Sometimes the responses are ‘normal’ and sometimes the pop stars continue their answer in the way the Philpotts sent their original letter. They even included letters where there was no response.
Admittedly, I have not heard of most of the bands in this book. The bands range from the 1960s through the 1990s so most are ‘before my time’ or not as well known. Some kind of background info would have been helpful on the bands.
This would be the perfect coffee table book/Christmas present for the music lover in your life! You could pick up the book and turn it to any page knowing you are going to be entertained for either 5 minutes or a couple of hours!
About the Authors:
Derek and Dave Philpott are the noms de plume of two ordinary members of the public, working with help from a worldwide social networking community. Neither they, or anybody assisting with the creative aspects of this project had any connections with the music, entertainment, media or publishing industries whatsoever at the time of its commencement. Despite these humble origins, however, they now find themselves in the bizarre but enviable position whereby many pop stars and people within these circles are their friends “in real life’” (whatever that means!). Many artists consider “getting a Dereking” as a badge of honour, and, as one has participant succinctly put it:
‘’This is an ingenious and extremely inventive concept. You have given us a platform to answer questions that have been asked of us for years by our fans, and respond on a public platform of immense fun. You’ve created a weird and wonderful world loved and admired by 1,000s of people worldwide, and you have your own army of loyal fans. That pretty much makes you part of ‘us lot’ now!’’