Blush was a DJ for the college radio station and would play hardcore bands on the air. He booked his first show through the radio station, booking the Dead Kennedys to play in the college cafeteria. After graduation, he returned to New York where he would DJ in many clubs in the city.
Currently Blush is a regular speaker at talk shows and events like the CMJ in New York.
After moving on from Seconds magazine, Blush decided to chronicle his hardcore musical journey in a book. He started writing the book, American Hardcore, in the mid-90s when bands like Green Day and Offspring were popular. He saw a documentary entitled "The History of Rock and Roll' on PBS, which he described as going "straight from the Sex Pistols and Clash (I believe it mentions X) to Nirvana, as if this decade had never happened. It was like the untold story of rock." Blush said that hardcore was like a "dirty little secret that nobody really talked about when it came to music." The book is Blush's first hand account of the hardcore music scene from 1980-1986 and it exposed the punk rock underground lifestyle to a more mainstream audience, revealing it as an alternative to what many considered the life of a 'rock star'.
The Punknews.org review said that Blush "attempted and made a really good effort to cover every scene from every area around the country."The A.V. Club said is "absolutely essential reading"
Spin said: "In the '80s, before decorum was invented, we liked our rockers flammably coiffed. Author Steven Blush's 'American Hair Metal' remembers that era with philosophical quips from Poison and Mötley Crüe."
Lost Rockers profiles the lives of certain artists and musicians who almost made it to the big time but didn't. These folks knew all the right people, etc. but somehow they never crossed the line into stardom and are largely now forgotten.
New York Rock chronicles the music of the city, starting with the rise of the Velvet Underground in 1966, to the closing of the CBGB bar in 2006, some 40 years later. Blush chose those milestones because he believed the Velvet Underground where the first rock and roll band to appeal to "adult sensibilities", and because he felt that the end of CBGB marked the end of an era.
In a review for The Big Takeover, critic James Mann said that Blush has "brought together a wealth of history charting the rise of rock and roll in the Big Apple". The Kirkus review described the book as a "brisk overview of New York City's rock 'n' roll tradition, from doo-wop to hard core, mirroring the city’s transformations. Writing for AM New York, Hal Bienstock said: "Author, promoter and DJ Steven Blush has been covering the scene for decades, and his new book is a comprehensive look at the city's rock music, highlighting both the legends and the lesser-known acts." DJ Jason said "It’s actually pretty amazing that something so special and prosperous in NYC has been overlooked by journalists for so long."