The kids from fame: sons and daughter of the stars
“I feel sorry for the man the media called sighs. “That really is one of those rock star’s kids’ names.”
As it happens, Ms Zappa, a prolific actor and the author of a novel, didn’t find her name too much of a hindrance.
But it’s not easy being the child of a rock star. For every (fashion designer daughter of Paul) there’s an (insufferably twee singer and daughter of Pete).
only significant gift has been for marrying the most eccentric man in the room.
and hack film director
may not have brought disgrace to the family fame, but – have you heard The Wallflowers or seen Kicking and Screaming? – that may only be because the family name is actually Zimmerman.
Still, it is surprising how many children of musicians have forged genuinely respectable careers. There are worse actors than
daughter of Steve, and much worse singers than
the children of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle.
is a less ordinary drummer than his dad, Ringo Starr, and the late
eventually became even more revered than his equally late dad, Tim.
Mind you, the world could probably have survived without records by
(hummable but bland),
(supposedly avant-garde) and
(what was that song called again?).
Who’s next? Well, for about 10 minutes last week,
became the most famous little girl in the world. “I keep watching Paris. She maybe wants to do something,” Joe Jackson, Michael’s formidable father, said ominously. Leave the poor girl alone.
Far out: Duncan Jones, director of Moon, main picture. That’s my boy: Jones with his father, David Bowie, below left. Left: recreating the space race in Moon. On the cover: Sam Rockwell in the film