Cover of Dear Mr. Pop Star
  • Derek & Dave Philpott

Latest updates

Happy Birthday Mr Pop Star!

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

''Dear Mr Pop Star'' was published a year ago this week. It has bought a lot of joy and we'd like to thank you all for making it happen 

Dear Mr Pop Star goes viral!

Monday, 1 April 2019

It has been six months since Dear Mr Pop Star was published, thanks to the love and support of our friends and fans.... and what a six months it has been. As time has gone on we've seen the interest in our strange little world grow exponentially through our book launch and 100s of interviews, radio slots, bloggers, podcasts, magazine articles combined with good old fashioned word of mouth. 


Reviews and worldwide reaction to Mr Pop Star

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Hello all,

Sorry we've not updated you on things for a while.

We've been overwhelmed by the fantastic reaction we've received for Dear Mr Pop Star - so many lovely comments and 100s (honestly) of reviews, the vast majority being 4-5 Stars and nothing less than 3. So amazing to see lots of wonderful folk around the planet spreading the news and telling their friends about our mad little world…

Theoretically speaking of course...

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Things appear to have gone rather well Everybody!!

Theoretically speaking of course...would you be 'up' for another book if we could pull it off???


The Eagles are Landing!

Friday, 7 September 2018

It has been a pretty full on and emotional few days for us - after years, months, weeks and days of anticipation the first wave of books has gone out to the 655 subscribers who bought this project to life.

We're so proud of what we've managed to achieve together, from the germ of an idea a decade ago, to an online community, to a campaign through to an amazing book which looks so much better than…

Thank You

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Folks! We have reached a monumental milestone. ALL of the the books are printed and ready to go. The only thing that was needed was a signature in 380(ish) copies to send out to pledgers who had selected that level and dad and I made our way on a long and arduous journey to HQ in order to get this done. Here's a picture of us hand signing those 380. It was a long day but a very special one. This is…


Saturday, 28 July 2018

We are stunned and delighted to confirm that we have been offered a book launch at the prestigious venue The Dublin Castle on Wednesday 3rd October. This will be a 'double header' with Mr. Bruce Thomas, legendary bassist from The Attractions and contributor to Dear Mr Pop Star, without whom 'Pump It Up' and so many other classic songs would not exist. You will, we promise, have received and probably…

Printing Next Week!!

Friday, 29 June 2018

**VERY EXCITING NEWS** We wanted to let you all know that we've just heard that Dear Mr Pop Star is going to print NEXT WEEK! This means that pledgers and pre-orders...that's you.. will get their special edition copy very soon! The general release of the trade edition is scheduled for September 20th but yours will be the nice special edition and you will have it before then! 

We would like to thank…

So close you can touch it!

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Here is a draft of the cover you will be holding very, very soon. It will be wrapped around a book obviously - otherwise this whole thing would have been a complete waste of everybody's time!


Remember that the Pledger's Edition is SUPERIOR  to the trade edition which will be appearing in the shops around late September time,  so if you are also thinking of Christmas presents - as if you…

Sorry, Gladys

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Unlike everybody else that has seen it, Gladys is extremely unimpressed with the First Drafts of ''Dear Mr. Pop Star''...Sorry, Gladys


*Important Update* Supporters List Closing Soon!

Friday, 20 April 2018

Good Afternoon to you all!

Just a quick note to let you know that the Supporters list for Dear Mr Pop Star will be closing on 6th May.

If you're quick you still have time to pledge in order to get your name (Or someone else's name if you are buying as a gift) in the back of the book. 

If you miss the deadline you can still pre-order a copy but the chance to be part of our pledger's list will…

More New Contributors and Progress update

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Hello Everybody!!

As we hurtle towards publication we have yet more good news.

We are days away from First Drafts stage, after which there will be a final proofread and then ''Showtime''! 

Even at this vital last stage we have been able to bag 3 more lovely pop stars for your delight and delectation.

Their replies are magnificent (and the letters not too shabby either) and bring us up…

Design and Editorial Update

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Hello Everybody! 

'Dear Mr. Pop Star' is at design and typesetting stage now and looks amazing. We are all working hard to make it as brilliant as we can. Here's a 'sneakie' 

Much Love 


The Philpotts



Author interview on Brook Cottage Books.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

We are very pleased to share this interview with us which was posted today on Brook Cottage Books. It is the first of many interviews and features that we have planned. We'd like to thank Debbie Johnson for featuring us:

We are completely open to all requests for press/interviews/radio, large or small…


Friday, 2 March 2018

Hello Everyone!

Exciting news just in from our publisher - we are now DELIGHTED to reveal the official front cover of 'Dear Mr. Pop Star'. 

We are at Design and Editorial and have even MORE pop stars on-board. It's shaping up to be better than we could've hoped!

We will give you more information in due course, so please stay tuned!

Hello everybody in 2018!

Monday, 22 January 2018

Hello everybody!

It has been a long time! But we only post when we have news! And what news we have!

We've just received the copy edit manuscript from our publishers and frankly it is a staggering sight to behold. Not only have Unbound done a beautiful job of making it shiny and pristine in the crossing of 'I's' and dotting of 'T's' (you can see that they had their work cut out)…

Update! ... Obviously

Monday, 9 October 2017

Hello to all of you lovely people that have made these book happen!

All’s well here and progressing nicely. The bonkers and surreal text is with the copyeditor who is busily working away. We’ve had to wait a bit to get the editor that Unbound really wanted, but .. Hurrah! It is shaping up beautifully and we will keep you posted as ever

Book now even BETTER

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Just out of courtesy letting you lovely people know that we are in production and tweaking, etcetera

The book is now 105% funded and rising as new people are still taking advantage of pre-ordering their copies, thus guaranteeing their names in the back of the book and procuring a Pledger's Edition tome months before the book hits the shops - and of a higher quality too.

We have also managed…

Calm before the (nice) storm

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Our final manuscript has been received back from the Mighty Unbound replete with a beautiful sparkling edit with which we are utterly delighted. 

At this stage - that of a surreal lull prior to a splurge of acitivity - we are equally delighted to relate that many BBC Regionals and other radio stations have already ''green lit'' extensive features and interviews just prior to publication, plus…

The Book is Finished

Friday, 2 June 2017



Dr. from Dr. and The Medics, Nik Kershaw, Judas Priest, Starship, Tears For Fears, The Eurythmics, Wreckless Eric, The Strawbs, The Belle Stars, Van Der Graaf Generator, Squeeze, Dean Friedman, Fairground Attraction, The Ruts, Neil Innes from The Bonzo Dog Band, DEVO, Melanie…

One hundred and one percent! Thank you!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, after 202 days of campaigning, literally thousands of messages and emails and moments of extreme doubt and worry, we are proud to finally announce that we have reached our target and we are 100% funded. WE HAVE A BOOK!

Extreme thanks and eternal gratitude to the 571  people who got us here and all those who shared the link far and wide!  Pat yourselves on the back, we'd do…

Tantalisingly close to the finish line! Progress, update and full list of contributors.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Hello to you all, 

Here's a long over due update on the progress of Dear Mr Pop Star.  We probably should have checked in sooner, but we've been exceptionally busy and have passed some really important milestones in the meantime. 

After a lot of campaigning and with a lot of help from our friends we're delighted to announce that we've hit the 93% mark on our funding! We're thrilled and…

New Content and Progress

Friday, 28 April 2017

Hello all 448 of you!!!

We are 74% Funded!!!! As if the content were not amazing enough, since last update we have had SPECTACULAR REPLIES  from Nik Kershaw, Judas Priest, Fairground Attraction, Modern Romance, Wang Chung ands Fiddler's Dram!

New Contributors and Progress update

Monday, 17 April 2017

Hello all 418 of you!!!

We are 69% Funded!!!! This is due in no small part to a flood of pledges that came in from brand new fans courtesy of Dr. from the Medics' fantastic video  2 weeks ago and, it must be said, a MASSIVE donation from long time fan and champion Mr. Maurice Thomas who donated a proportion of his HOUSE SALE to the project

Finally, we attach below a revised list of contributors…


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

In addition to the marvellous video above we are delighted to tell all 383 of you wonderful people that

  • The book is now 56% Funded
  •  Since last update we have received SPECTACULAR replies from Tears For Fears, Wreckless Eric, Quantum Jump, Middle of the Road and The Ruts!!!


In the words of Mr. Jovi.....

Thursday, 23 March 2017

OOOh...we're (over) halfway there!

Hello to all 340 of you! Since last update we are now just over 50% funded which is a massive milestone 

As if that was not good enough news even more artists are onboard (we are not telling you who just yet - bird in the hand all that) and we have received spectacular replies from:-

Matthew ''Break My Stride'' Wilder

Eddie and the Hot Rods 

Dave Stewart…

March-ing Forward

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Dear The Moody Blues, in order to help the environment and create more space in your houses, and with the advent of modern technology, may I suggest than rather than write letters that you are never meaning to send, you may be better advised to compose the pointless missives as emails which can then be saved to the 'Draft Folder' on your computers


Hello to all 318 of you! Since last update…

Happy February!!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Dear Erasure

I hope that you will forgive my observing that since naming yourselves in the 1980’s it could be argued that technological advances have rendered your present monicker slightly passé. "It Doesn't Have To Be That Way", Erasure. With the archaic necessity of rubbing out spelling mistakes virtually supplanted, via the near obsolescence of both the typewriter and pencil and papers, by…

Publication date: September 2018
116% funded
676 backers