The kids from fame: sons and daugh­ter of the stars

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Cover Story -

“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.

Pass­able mu­si­cian

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

and

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

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