I couldn’t wish for finer company …

The 'America's Gift' book review in top UK music magazine 'Blues In Britain' is found between books on Steve Marriott and Mike Bloomfield. The 'America's Gift' review, on page 39, is between 'All Or Nothing: The Authorised Story of Steve Marriott' by Simon Spence and...

Blues is just a bad guy feeling good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYbjIMw9LDw Over 50 years ago (gulp), I worked on a newspaper alongside the guy, above. We were teenagers at the time, both deeply into old-school American blues, as well as the new-style British R&B and blues-rock bands coming...

Rocking five continents.

Rock 'n' Roll Myths six and seven. “It’s very hard to tell what made me first decide to play the guitar. ‘Rock Around the Clock’ by Bill Haley came out when I was ten, and that probably had something to do with it.” David Gilmour, Pink Floyd. In 1955, Bill...

Rock ‘n’ roll myths debunked.

Let's start with July 9th 1955. Rock 'n' roll's Ground Zero.  “The first time I really ever felt a tingle up my spine was when I saw Bill Haley and the Comets on the telly. ” Paul McCartney. Things are rarely as they first seem in the history of rock...

Book Pink Floyd – £250 ($334) a pop.

How would you like to hire Pink Floyd for just £250 (US$334.47) a night? Back in 1969, in the UK, such a thing was possible. As you can see from this vintage price-list, Joe Cocker, the Moody Blues and Jethro Tull cost you £350 ($468) nightly; and Ten Years After,...

AC/DC’s unsung older Young brothers.

I’ve always had a soft spot for hard rock band AC/DC since seeing one of their early gigs in Melbourne, Australia, in 1974. An unknown AC/DC were supporting a well-known Lou Reed, who we’d paid handsomely to see, but found uninspired and disappointing. AC/DC weren’t...

My tribute to Jeff Beck.

The blues guitarists' guitarist. If you read my last post about the Thames Delta guitar heroes, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, you’ll know which one of the three isn’t a mainstream mega-star. Of course, it’s Jeff Beck. While Jeff hasn’t sold quite...


Blues and rock on the high seas (written before coronavirus ruined cruising for everyone) You know you’re getting on a bit when you start writing about ocean cruises. Not that I’m expecting to hit the high seas any time soon. Unfortunately, my wife has the twin fears...

Three blues guitar greats born 12 miles apart.

Three blues guitar greats born 12 miles apart. If there was one small area of earth where three of the world’s most influential blues or blues rock guitarists would be born, just a year apart, where do you think it might be? The car below is a bit of a clue, not an easy clue, […]

Has Carlos Wilde gone punk?

You’d be amazed just how many rock stars were teachers, as Carlos Wilde still is, and has been for years now. Queen’s Brian May taught math(s) and science; Mark Knopfler taught English, as did fellow Geordie, Sting.  Sheryl Crow and Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie were music teachers. Gene Simmons of Kiss taught sixth grade and Brian Ferry (another Geordie) taught art. And they’re just […]

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Welcome to paulmerryblues.com

This site is for those wanting to discover how blues evolved in its earliest years, before being named and categorised for the first time in 1912. You’ll also find out how rocking blues gave birth to rock ‘n’ roll.

The site’s other role is to support my three books on blues’ evolution, each of which explores and unravels the mysterious tangled histories of the different strains of music leading to blues and rock.

First came my two eBooks – How Blues Evolved, Volumes One and Two’. Downloaded for a song on Amazon, you’ll find these are rare for eBooks, each being jammed-packed with early etchings and illustrations supporting the text.

Combining and expanding the two eBooks resulted in a big 11.5 x 8 inch, 390-page pictorial paperback. Called ‘AMERICA’S GIFTThe Untold Story of How Blues Evolved’, this book’s available by clicking on the blue and yellow AMERICA’S Gift cover, bottom left. I’m confident some of its revelations are found nowhere else.

Get a taste of what’s in my books from the posts you’ll find above, or check the archives, right, for over 236 historic blues and vintage rock articles. These are indexed under the Explore Archives button, top.

And if you want to know why I write about the blues, instead of playing the blues, the video below might help explain.




Of all America’s creative gifts to the world, does anything touch us more than the music we have called blues since it was first named in 1912?

Rock’n’roll, beat, old school R&B, blues rock, hard rock, plain old rock, soul, funk, jazz, metal and pop are just some of the captivating musical genres to have rocked and rolled out of the blues, parent of all modern American music.

For lovers of popular music, how can blues not be America’s greatest gift to the world?

Preview here:  America’s Gift