Dear Mr Pop Star #BookReview #BlogTour

Written by Derek Philpott & Dave Philpott




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 to pop stars from the 1960s to the 90s to take issue with the lyrics of some of their best-known songs.

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.




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Fantastic Stocking-Filler!    4 stars


This is a book to dip in and out of .. a perfect stocking-filler for any music fan!

Over the years, Derek Philpott has voiced his opinion on band names and song lyrics, and he and his son Dave wrote to some of the greatest musicians the world has to offer with his musings. Much to their collective surprise, some even replied and this book is the culmination of all that correspondence.

This is a very amusing read; it reminds me very much of my own father’s pronouncements on the band names in the 70’s. The Strawbs, The Jam, Cream – and yes, even the Beatles – had fun poked at them for their ‘silly’ and ‘crazy’ monikers. This book takes it all that bit further and the letters are sometimes quite tongue-in-cheek. The replies are not only erudite and smart, they are in themselves very witty and enjoyable. An ideal book to keep for those moments when you want to read but don’t have time to get into a story – exactly how I have read it over the past week or so.

My thanks to the authors for my copy, which I freely read by my own choice. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: humour, music


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 14106 KB
  • Publisher: Unbound
  • Publication Date: 20 September 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US




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About the Authors


Derek and Dave Philpott are the noms de plume of two ordinary members of the public, working with help from a small family and, crucially, a worldwide social networking community.





2 thoughts on “Dear Mr Pop Star #BookReview #BlogTour

  1. Grace! We have been very much anticipating your review and justifiably as you have delivered a wonderful critique. Even though our blog tour is GIGANTIC we were still very picky as to who we invited and in your splendid case, as with so many others, our discretion has been vindicated.

    You are astute in observing that

    a) This is a big dipper:)
    b) It’s all about a dad who doesn’t really care for pop music poking fun at it.

    Yes, a great Crimbo gift and talking point.

    It’s been a delight corresponding with you in the weeks and months leading to this glorious piece – you have been supportive, helpful and enthusiastic, throughout.

    Thank you for embracing our mad little world.

    It’s a been a delight

    Dave and Dad

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