Saturday, 6 October 2018

Blog Tour - Dear Mr Pop Star - Derek and Dave Philpott

I've got a review for you all today and I'm not quite sure where to begin with it if I'm being honest. Don't get me wrong, it's not because I didn't enjoy reading this, it's just that it's a little bit different.

Dear Mr Pop Star is a whimsical collection of letters that have been written to pop stars over a number of years to gently take the mickey about questionable lyrics in their songs or point out errors in their band names along with the responses that came back.

I'm sure there was a time before the birth of the internet, when musicians were inundated with sacks full of fan mail, people asking for autographs, signed photo's and the like but I'm pretty confident that they wouldn't have received many letters of the like that Derek and Dave Philpott have written! Their letters aren't spiteful, which could so easily have been the case, far from it, they are witty and gave me so many laugh out loud moments as I was reading it.

The people and groups featured include Katrina and the Waves, Tenpole Tudor, The Eurythmics, Paper Lace, Deep Purple and Tears for Fears, so there really is something for everyone.

Reading this book was like revisiting my youth and my collection of vinyl. Many of the letters would have an old song that I possibly hadn't heard or thought about for several years, popping back into my head as if I'd just heard it on the radio. It was for this reason that I had to read this marvellous book in stages as it tended to give me an earworm for the rest of the day.

If you, or someone you know, loves their music then I would definitely recommend giving this little gem a go. It's perfect for evoking memories and putting a smile on your face as well as giving a brilliant insight into the meanings behind the lyrics of some fabulous tunes from days gone by.

Dear Mr Pop Star is a wickedly funny read that will have you snorting with laughter and make you listen to your favourite tunes with fresh ears.

You can check out the rest of the blog tour with these amazing blogs:

With kind thanks to author Dave Philpott for the review copy.


  1. Dear Neats

    It’s been a joy communicating with you in the weeks and weeks leading to this wonderful summation and you have been encouraging and supportive throughout. Massive credit to you kudos not just for spending your valuable time and assets, but also for such a beautifully presented piece that delves right to the essence and heart of our insane little world… We love that you see our innocent interrogations as just that, and that we have bought these marvelous tunes back into the private jukebox in your head. Best and Highest, Dave and Dad Philpott

  2. Thanks for taking the time to stop by as I'm sure that things are crazy with you both during your mammoth blog tour. I really enjoyed reading your letters and I've forgiven you both for unintentionally planting those earworms!! 😉