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Everything's Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals Hardcover – October 15, 2013
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"A wildly entertaining, gorgeous tribute to a world we never knew existed. Anyone interested in American history, music, or culture should buy this book by the fistful." Dave Letterman
"The world of industrial musicals is magical, weird, and funny. Mssrs. Young and Murphy escort you into that world with panache and not nearly enough guilt. Like Steve, I amassed a collection of these recordssouvenirs of the days when corporations were rich enough to care about the morale of their employeesand like him, I thought I was the only one.’ Now these idiots have spent serious time and energy producing a freaking book on the subject. Humor them. Buy this book and let it change your life." Harry Shearer
"As a veteran of many an industrial, I can attest that Everything’s Coming Up Profits is accurate as well as fascinating and hysterical. If I had friends, I’d tell them about it." Martin Short
"All Singing! All Dancing! All Selling! This delightful history reveals the corny glories of corporate America’s fling with motivational musicals, and its vintage graphics are like a peek at an alternate world where the hit songs were about Ford tractors." James Lileks, author The Gallery of Regrettable Food
"Young and Murphy map us to a nether-universe Brill Building located at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Tin Pan Alley. The songcraft is stupefyingly absurd, but thanks to this book a lot of product music has outlived the products." Irwin Chusid, WFMU Radio, author Songs in the Key of Z
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Holy ****! Read this book, and also treat yourself to a visit to the accompanying website where you can listen to some tracks from these musicals. They'd be hilarious as sketches on a comedy show, they're doubly so because they're real! The writing in the book is engaging, the illustrations are amazing, and the whole package together is most definitely the funniest non-fiction work I've read in years. Buy it, NOW!
Everything's Coming Up Profits is hip in all the right ways, with a tasteful and fun angle. This isn't a mean-spirited or mocking book by any means. The authors keep it classy and demonstrate a real respect for those involved with these productions while somehow never failing to point out the inevitable silliness contained within.
You owe it to the guests in your home to have this book at arm's reach. Like flies to bright lights, it's impossible for people to avoid wanting to pick it up and page through it. Definitely pleased with the purchase.
To get the feel of what this book is all about,direct yourself to the interview on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross either at the book's website or at NPR.If you know Terry at all,you will feel the excitement as she can hardly contain herself on a subject weird,wacky and wonderful-a Terry Gross hat trick.That interview could go on forever-its that much fun!If you don't have a credit card awaiting at the end of the hour,this ain't for you.
The subject of Industrial Musicals could have been handled any number of ways.Steve Young & the folks at Blast Books decided to explore this Lost World via audio recordings issued at the time of their performance.The 250 page contain hundreds of LP covers,labels,extra materials-but no audio CD.The website currently has a bunch available at itunes,packaged as three indivual bundles or indivual purchase.A bounty of audio samples are found at the book's website;they can be listened to but not downloaded.One can only hope that the website is maintained forever!In fact,the website is a place worth revisiting if the subject still interests you once you've exhausted what you own.
Tracking down the original recordings not only exploded in the ebay age,but also became expensive partly because Mr.Read more ›
My associates and I staged dozens -- perhaps hundreds -- of shows during "the golden age" of corporate theater. Several communications companies, whom we contracted with, sold our productions as parts of "packages" that included week-long seminars, banquets and morale-building mass gatherings. Sometimes we four-walled these presentations in theaters. At other times we improvised theaters in the banquet halls of hotels. Often we'd create a weave of corporate speeches and "acts" in a book show that comedicaly and musically defined a corporate culture or established sales objectives. For us, and for the technical crews that supported us, it was a way of life. Year after year, we were "on the road" with full-blown theatrical events whose only audiences were marketers, salespeople and corporate executives.
Steve: Thanks for "finding" us and telling the world about our work!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book did not live up to the hype. Sadly, all the sound links were via internet links. . Not as well written as I would have liked either.Published 4 months ago by Wesley Horton
I have been drooling to own this for a year. The editors, VIA their Facebook page, were actually the ones who had informed that the Amazon price had dropped so significantly from... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carl Howard
Who knew that industrial musicals could be so much fun. Young and Murphy have done a super job of rescuing these recordings and writing about them with such unbounded enthusiasm. Read morePublished 11 months ago by PETER PINNE
I guess you can say I have David Letterman to thank for my interest in the Industrial Show. Like many people, including the author of this excellent book, I first heard of the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by M. Curtis
This book is just excellent. It's wonderful that someone is documenting this strange area of the industrial musical. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rob G.
What a great book! It's packed with wonderful images, including lots of graphics and many terrific old photos. Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by A voracious reader
As a professional speaker who has made my living addressing corporate events for the past thirty years or so, you might imagine that I would be a reader who is crazy about this... Read morePublished on February 26, 2014 by Scott McKain