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Publication dateJune 2007 MBC118 Westward Ho! (Source) Anthony Wilson discusses the huge influence that Liverpool has had, not only on the world of music, but also on the world itself. He discusses how Liverpool's involvement in the slave trade allowed the UK to open its doors to rhythm and blues and sowed the seeds of rock and roll to allow the Beatles change the world forever. Publication dateNovember 2007 MBC152 Westward Ho! Is it absurd to compare the Mersey with the Nile, or Stockport Viaduct with the Pyramids of Giza? Perhaps it is. Yet the pyramids are the remains of a dead civilisation which became a historical backwater. The industrial civilisation which started on the Mersey’s banks changed the world physically, culturally and musically – and in India and China it is still doing so today. Mersey: The river that changed the world, published by Liverpool’s Bluecoat Press to mark Capital of Culture 2008, was a richly illustrated book that explored these connections through a series of specially commissioned essays from writers, journalists and experts in fields as diverse as archaeology, history, music, wildlife and architecture. In this chapter Anthony Wilson explores the Mersey's role in the rise of rock music.