Dear Mr Pop Star - Derek and Dave Philpott

5 Stars!

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.

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Hilarious and tons of fun!
I had so much fun reading through these zany letters. I loved that I actually knew about a third of the artists featured in here. Some of them were actually favorites of mine - Alannah Myles, Tears for Fears, The Eurythmics, Devo!!! Just to name a few.

The responses to letters written by Derek and Dave Philpott were sometimes so funny I had tears from giggling so much. But you know... it was kind of heartwarming as well. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy knowing that these singers/song writers that I had idolized for years all had such a great sense of humor! They were so willing to play along.

There were also a lot of singers and groups that I did not recognize. This actually made me want to look them all up and listen to the songs that they were referring to so I could better understand them. I have not started doing that yet, but I fully intend to. I think that will be almost as much fun as reading the book in the first place.

I think this is the kind of book that my son-in-law would love! I am thinking of buying a copy for him for Christmas. And I can totally see him looking up the artists and songs as well :-)

So well done! Thank you Philpotts and pop stars for entertaining us. This is a great gift idea or just buy one for yourself. But be prepared to laugh out loud!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from the author ~ Thank You!

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  1. Hello Wendy, it’s us!! Again!! What can we say?? Bless and thank you! It’s been such a pleasure talking via email with you for the past few months leading up to this wonderful critique of our work. You have been a delight. Just many many thank yous for devoting your precious time and resources, and also for capturing so perfectly the essence of what we've been working up to for the past decade. And you are bang on - it's fantastic that so many iconic stars reveal lovable and charming sides, very wittily, just out of love for the project. Best and Highest, Dave and Dad Philpott (breaking cover out of pseuds, temporarily)


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