Industrial Musicals

The Book

Steve is the world’s authority on industrial musicals, the Broadway-style shows that corporations staged at sales meetings and conventions, especially from the 1950’s to the 1980’s.  

With Sport Murphy, he is the author of Everything’s Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals, which is now in development as a major Hollywood feature film.

A piece in the New York Times about the book and the industrial genre.

Steve was a guest on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, and was a guest several times on the Late Show.

Purchase the book: Amazon

View the website, which has a selection of sample songs:

Click here to learn about Steve’s hilarious and fascinating industrial musical live shows and multi-media presentations!

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The Documentary

A feature-length documentary about Steve and the world of industrial musicals made its world premiere in April 2018 at the Tribeca Film Festival. Subsequent festivals have included Hot Docs in Toronto, AFI Docs in Washington, the Nashville Film Festival, and the Nantucket Film Festival (where it won top honors).

Learn more about the award-winning film:

Bathtubs Over Broadway


The Recordings

Here are some of the rare souvenir industrial musical record albums in Steve’s collection:

American-Standard, 1969
J.C. Penney, 1962
B.F. Goodrich, 1966
Detroit Diesel, 1966
General Electric, 1973
Edsel, 1958
Ford Tractor, 1959
A.B. Dick, 1962
Xerox, 1963

American-Standard, 1969 | J.C. Penney, 1962 | B.F. Goodrich, 1966
Detroit Diesel, 1966 | General Electric, 1973 | Edsel, 1958
Ford Tractor, 1959 | A.B. Dick, 1962 | Xerox, 1963