Today I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for the excellent ‘Dear Mr Pop Star’ by Derek and Dave Philpott
What they say:
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.
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.
The Review: Okay so originally when I heard the concept of this I was very excited as music and in particular pop is very much up my street, but then was worried when I heard the names of the artists and bands involved. Little did I know that actually, I knew a lot more than I had thought, as in the book I started to realise I didn’t know the names of the bands but knew their work, or more to the point, their songs and soon got googling to find out a bit more about some of the artists too!
Totally digressing here. So the concept is that the authors sent off letters to a group of bands/ singers and collated them, but not before they received replies from a good deal of them! The letters are pretty much tongue-in-cheek and ask questions such as (paraphrasing here) how can a city be built on rock and roll? Did they mean Devon and not heaven in a certain 80’s track? and a billion more.
I’ll admit there’s times I’m a bit slow in terms of figuring stuff out, and I had to read and re-read a few of them to figure out what they meant, but it was all in an enjoyable way! I properly properly laughed out loud throughout this book, and was gutted at the non replies, especially since so many of the people who did bother to reply were as smart, ironic and hilarious back. The format is basically as it sounds, letter then reply, then letter, then maybe another letter where the artist never got back to this excellent team of father and son. All in all a great book, totally totally up my street and one I’d definitely recommend for a Christmas/ Mother/Father’s day present.
Thanks so much to the authors and Unbound for the book in return for an honest review
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Now how about you follow the tour? (I’d definitely advise it, very interesting stuff!)