Dear Mr. Le Bon is a proposed book made up of “letters to pop stars regarding their work from a retired member of the public with genuine replies from the artists themselves”. If this is something you’d like to read, you can support their efforts at the Kickstarter link here.
Derek Philpott and Wilf Turnbull, from Bournemouth in the UK, wrote to numerous musicians with friendly enquiries about their work.
The two lads had this to say: “Hello Everyone! We are both pensioners living in Bournemouth who write to popstars about their song lyrics, and they often reply. We also have animations on youtube which are very popular. It’s great to see popstars taking an interest in us ordinary members of the public! And, if you are in any doubt, please be reassured that all replies are totally genuine and are directly from the desks of the bona fide artistes themselves!”
There are a lot of artists involved, from Survivor to Slade, Edwyn Collins to Kaiser Chiefs.
The artists and the media have positive things to say about it, such as:
“It was most enjoyable to be involved in a letter that did not involve one of my ex wives’ solicitors” – Rick Wakeman
”Somewhere between Henry Root and John Shuttleworth – what a hoot!” Julie Burchill
”Now we have Wilf and Derek, two Bournemouth OAPS who write to pop stars old and new, taking them to task for their absurd lyrics. Follow their adventures” Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard
”Good luck, the both of you x” David Quantick
”Thanks for the brilliant work and for allowing me fence with such a formidable comic swordsman. Count me in for whatever helps the Grand Cause!!” Dave Was, Was Not Was
I love the feel of your jibe…Whatever you do will be creative and great. Hope I can help”..Chris Difford, Squeeze
This project will only be funded if at least £16,000 is pledged by Sunday, 3 May. Good luck to the chaps!