MEET THE EDITORIAL TEAM
Bloom - Editor
Jerry has edited More Black than Purple since 2000.
In 2005, he wrote the first, full biography on Ritchie Blackmore called Black
Knight. In January 2008 he re-branded the business as Wymer UK to
reflect the diversification of the work that has included touring as the merchandiser with
Mostly Autumn, Barbara
Dickson and John Martyn.
The business continues to diversify with the publications now coming under the Wymer
Publishing banner, that also has numerous music related books planned over
the coming years.
Although not exactly a session musician, over the years Jerry has provided
backing vocals and hand claps on numerous albums and DVD releases by the likes
of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Rush, Yes, Genesis, Gillan and Mostly
Autumn. (Okay, he was in essence just an audience member on various live
recordings but what the heck! He's still waiting for the royalty cheques
As well as being a
life-long fan of Ritchie Blackmore, since he first heard Deep Purple's Fireball back in 1971, Jerry has a wide-ranging taste in music appreciation.
Though raised on the seventies music (his other all-time favourite artists being
Bob Dylan & Frank Zappa) and a lover of many of the classic acts of that
time; Free, Genesis, Floyd, Rush etc, he also enjoys diverse acts such as The
Stranglers, JS Bach, Abba, Enya, and more recent acts The Cardigans and a very
personal favourite in Mostly Autumn.
What little spare time he gets is spent
indulging in his other passions, which include Chelsea Football Club, Jaguar
cars, cricket, travelling (sitting in Bavarian and Czech taverns drinking dark
beer!) and watching classic cult sixties & seventies TV shows!
Whitman - Sub-editor
a full-time data administrator, Alan sub-edits More Black than Purple on a
voluntary part-time basis, and also assists with production and organising of
the annual Blackmore convention.
is a life-long Blackmore fan, who first heard the man via the classic Made In
Japan whilst at school in 1975. Alan also likes many of the other classic
seventies bands such as Magnum, Pink Floyd and Rush. His current new musical
passions include Nightwish, Within Temptation & Epica.
other interests include military aircraft, football and rugby. He lives in
Harrow, North London with his wife Eileen and their two cats.
Kerney - American correspondent
Jim has been passionate about music for as long as he can remember. Bands like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin & The Beatles, captivated his imagination at an early age. But after being heavily influenced by guitarist’s Ritchie Blackmore & Randy Rhoads, this passion turned him into a musician. Jim started his first band in 1982, and continued playing in bands for well over a decade. During this time, he toured throughout the States and helped organize several concert festivals.
But his passion for music doesn’t stop there. His work as a journalist started in high school, when he and three members of his printing class created their own fanzine titled Black Sheep. “The magazine lasted for nine issues and was a great success. We managed to interview such notable artists as Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer, and Voivod.” In more recent times, Jim (and partner Jena Kelly) produced, and self published the quarterly magazine “Black Night” for Ritchie Blackmore and his band Blackmore’s Night.
Jim currently owns a landscape business and works as a freelance writer for a variety of National, and European publications. Jim also works as a promoter & media relation’s consultant for regional and National acts. His other interests include film, folklore/ historical studies, & riding his Harley Davidson. For MBTP correspondences, you can reach Jim at
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