71dYgSWajGLSynopsis:”For more than a decade, Derek and 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 Derek and Dave’s greatest hits, including correspondence with Katrina and the Waves, Tears for Fears, Squeeze, The Housemartins, Spandau Ballet, 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.
This revised reboot is a much leaner volume with lots of new content and is already looking to be the most popular offering yet.Β 
As a thank you to all the artists involved a donation will be made to homeless charities from the profits of every copy sold.

Available from:Β  Amazon UK & Amazon US


My Review

I loved the original Dear Pop Star book, so when Dave Dawson, got in touch with me to ask if I’d like to read and review the new updated book, I didn’t hesitate to to accept a PDF copy. Once again it’s full of letters and messages to pop stars about their lyrics, and the brilliant replies from the artists themselves.

Some of my favourites replies were from Cutting Crew regarding their hit I (Just) Died in Your Arms, involving an unfortunate incident in a hair salon! πŸ˜‚Β  Martin Page of Starship replied after being asked about architectural design and their hit We Built This City on Rock ‘n’ Roll. Steve Norman of Spandau Ballet wrote a wonderfully long reply about a ‘ticket to the world’ and being continually mistaken for Martin Fry of ABC.

There are also lots of small messages that didn’t get replies but are just as hilarious. Like the one to Ottawan about their hit ‘hands up, gimme your heart’, which of course must have been about organ harvesting at gunpoint!? Also telling Wizzard that ‘snowmen do not bring snow’, congratulating Duran Duran on promoting the Union of the Snake, but failing to see the benefits of equal rights for elongated reptiles, Shakin’ Stevens about his dodgy house, and why it would be easier to use DHL instead of World Party’s method of transporting a box. I could go on but then I’d be spoiling all the fun you’d get discovering them for yourself.

Highly recommended if you enjoy laugh out loud nonfiction!