Author:Derek & Dave Philpott
You may recall a number of years ago now the Henry Root letters, where said ‘Mr Root’ wrote eccentric missives to public figures and published their responses. This crowd-funded book is basically a pop/rock music based version of the same concept. Here, the Philpott’s contact musicians of lesser and greater fame to take issue with the lyrics of their best known songs, usually completely missing the point of course. These humorous/spoof letters naturally work best when the artist concerned enters into the spirit of things with their response, and a surprisingly large number oblige. Of the hundred letters compiled here, and while those sent to ‘major’ artists are often just ignored, many acts demonstrate a perhaps revealing sense of humour about their lyrical prowess (or otherwise). Those up for sharing the joke include Tears For Fears, Deep Purple, Saxon, Eurythmics, Devo and Heaven 17, among many others. This is a book that is best dipped in and out of rather than being read cover to cover – although the correspondence is mostly amusing overall, lengthy reading of one letter after another can render it a bit tedious at times. A quick glance at Amazon reveals a similar book by the same author was published a couple of years back, so I assume this is perhaps a revised or updated version.
Length of Read:Short
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
The Henry Root letters.
One thing you’ve learned
It seems odd to publish the book under a pseudonym while revealing your real name on the copyright page!