Book Review: Dear Mr Popstar

Release date: 20th September 2018
Publisher: Unbound
Twitter: @derekphilpott

I think the concept behind 'Dear Mr Pop Star' is so much fun that I was very excited to delve into it. I love learning about meanings behind songs and often think how amazing it would be to sit with artists and discuss what inspired them. Of course, this book is done with a more humorous twist. I pinched the blurb from Amazon to explain the idea behind this book a little better:

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.

I was really intrigued by this book and when Dave got in touch with me about reviewing it, I thought it would make for a different and fun read; a step away from what i'm used to. And a different and fun read is exactly what it was. Thank you Dave. This book will make you laugh as you step into the minds of Derek and Dave, and possibly share in their confusion as to what some pop stars were thinking when writing certain songs or even coming up with their band name. Some letters will make you laugh out loud and say 'Oh yeah,.' and you will never be able to hear that song lyric and think of it in the same way you once did.

I admit that there were quite a few letters that I stumbled over as I didn't know the band or the lyrics and sometimes I was at a loss as to what the problem with a lyric was, but I highly recommend it if you are a lover of music and often find yourself questioning artists meaning behind specific phrasing. I think it's actually something my Dad would enjoy reading and find amusing.

My favourite letters were when the artist wrote back with the same, somewhat sarcastic, humour in which the letter was written. You can't help but smile at them going a long with it and sticking up for what they wrote, or at times not so much sticking up for what they wrote but agreeing with Derek in a hilarious manner.

Dear Mr Pop Star is available on Amazon now!

Happy reading.


  1. Lucy!!

    Even though our blog tour is seemingly bigger than Justin Bieber's PR team and one of the largest that anyone has achieved (or so they say, whoever 'they' are!), we were still very careful as to who we invited and in your splendid case, as with so many others, our discretion has been vindicated. We have, we can now honestly disclose, been REALLY looking forward to your critique, and it's a beauty.
    It's been a joy communicating with you in the weeks and months leading to this wonderful piece - you have been kind, polite and enthusiastic all the way through.

    Yes, it is all about the sarcasm battle!!

    OH... and...
    ...a fan put the Spotify Playlist together last week

    Thank you for embracing our mad little world, a decade in the creation.

    It's a been a delight

    Dave and Dad (breaking cover)

    1. I'm so happy you liked the review and it was an honor to be a part of your book tour. That's incredibly special and means a lot! :) The book is so unique and such a brilliant concept! Wishing you all the best on it's journey! Lucy x