Dear Mr Pop Star By Derek and Dave Philpott
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.
If you’re looking a book that is something a little bit offbeat or quirky than I would thoroughly recommend ‘Dear Mr Pop Star’, a book that consists of a collection of letters that Dave Philpott has written to popstars over the last 30 years, questioning their choice of lyrics.
In these frank and bemused letters, Derek expresses concern and confusion over the song lyrics and takes them literally in some parts, whilst comparing them to his own real life situations, I particularly loved the letter to The Knack about their song called ‘My Sharona’. Often, the letters are also accompanied with replies from the artists who have taken the time to explain the lyrics and their meaning to the concerned man.
Hilariously funny in parts and wonderfully poignant in others, ‘Dear Mr Pop Stars’ is an entertaining read that provides some insights into some of the world’s most famous lyrics that we all often wondered about. Featuring replies from Spinal Tap, Dr. Hook and The Eurythmics, this book is a must for all music lovers.
You can buy Dear Mr Pop Star from Amazon