Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Dear Mr Pop Star by Derek & 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 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.


I would like to thank the  author’s and the publisher’s for the ARC in return for an honest review.

Now I must admit, music is not a passion of mine and I was worried I wouldn’t appreciate this quirky book. It’s a credit to the writer’s that I really enjoyed it. It was funny, original and very entertaining.

Taking a clever play on the songs of some incredible lyrics, the author’s penned witty and clever letters to bands and received some equally funny replies. Even though I hadn’t heard of many of the band’s, I still really enjoyed the clever use of the lyrics and wit of the letter writers.  I loved the way I made me smile and reminded me of the charming power of letter writing. It was at its best when band members replied and both are included.

The passion and love of the writer’s for the pop songs the are honouring shines through on the pages. Both authors are incredible letter writers in their own rights and this is what makes the book such enjoyable read.

If you love pop music, you will love this book!

You can purchase Dear Mr Pop Star from Amazon

About the author’s

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.

You can follow the authors on Twitter


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2 thoughts on “Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Dear Mr Pop Star by Derek & Dave Philpott.

  1. Derek Philpott says:

    Thanks so much for this lovely appraisal. We find it most heartening that this book should still appeal to those whose specialist subject is not pop music, and that like so many others you’ve recognised the originality.
    Thanks also for your comments which focus on the time and effort employed in crafting our letters, and a passion for pop.
    In colclusion, thank you, thank you thank you!! It’s been a delight corresponding with you in the weeks and weeks leading to this glorious appraisal and you have been encouraging and supportive throughout. Just massive kudos not just for spending your valuable time and assets, but also for such a sublime critique that delves right to the essence and heart of our insane little world… Best and Highest, Dave and Dad Philpott

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