Review – Kim Wilde: Pop Don’t Stop: A Biography

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of Wilde’s debut single, ‘Kids in America’, 2021 is proving to be a fruitful year for her fans with the release of Pop Don’t Stop, a forthcoming career-spanning boxset featuring her greatest hits, B-sides and videos. Published to accompany the set – and sharing its title – is this stunning biography by Marcel Rijs.
A lifelong fan, and founder of the official Kim Wilde fansite, Rijs’ passion shines through in this meticulously researched tribute to his idol, formulating an in-depth portrait which encompasses her entire career.
It has been amassed from countless sources – television appearances, press articles plus new interviews with Kim about her career, briefly dating Adam Ant and touring with Michael Jackson among others.
In addition to the biographical aspect of the book, Kim’s entire discography is interspersed throughout with breakdowns of every track she’s recorded, each receiving its own entry containing writer/producer credits, chart positions, background information as well as their inspiration and anecdotes about videos and performances. Illustrated with archive portraits and evocative press shots, Pop Don’t Stop really is the complete picture. Finally, a biography befitting one of the most successful pop artists of the 80s.