Other Publications


Editor, Rock Music, The Library of Essays on Popular Music. Ashgate, 2011; reprinted Routledge, 2016.

Sounding Out Pop: Analytical Essays in Popular Music, co-edited with John Covach. University of Michigan Press, 2010.


Associate Editor, Music Theory Spectrum, Vols. 35–37 (2013–15).

Articles and book chapters

“The Electric Light Orchestra and the Anxiety of the Beatles’ Influence.” In The Pop Palimpsest: Intertextuality in Recorded Popular Music, ed. Lori Burns and Serge Lacasse, 106–36. University of Michigan Press, 2018.

“Fragile, Emergent, and Absent Tonics in Pop and Rock Songs” Music Theory Online 23.2 (2017). Winner of the 2018 SMT PMIG Outstanding Publication Award.

“Introduction: The Rock (Academic) Circus.” In Rock Music, ed. Mark Spicer, xi–xxix. Ashgate, 2011; reprinted Routledge, 2016.

“(Per)Form in(g) Rock: A Response.” Music Theory Online 17.3 (2011).

“‘Reggatta de Blanc’: Analyzing Style in the Music of the Police.” In Sounding Out Pop, ed. Mark Spicer and John Covach, 124–53. University of Michigan Press, 2010.

“Strategic Intertextuality in Three of John Lennon’s Late Beatles Songs.” In A Music-Theoretical Matrix: Essays in Honor of Allen Forte (Part I), ed. David Carson Berry, Gamut 2/1 (2009): 347–75.

“Elvis Costello on Saturday Night Live.” Feature essay in John Covach, What’s That Sound? An Introduction to Rock and Its History, second edition, 434–35. Norton, 2009. (Revised third edition, 400–01. Norton, 2012.)

“Genesis’s Foxtrot.” In Composition and Experimentation in British Rock: 1966–1976, a special issue of Philomusica Online (2007).

“(Ac)cumulative Form in Pop-Rock Music.” Twentieth-Century Music 1/1 (2004): 29–64.

“Large-Scale Strategy and Compositional Design in the Early Music of Genesis.” In Expression in Pop-Rock Music: A Collection of Critical and Analytical Essays, ed. Walter Everett, 77–111. Garland, 2000. (Revised and expanded second edition, 313–44. Routledge, 2008.)


Review-essay of Walter Everett, The Beatles as Musicians: The Quarry Men through Rubber Soul. Music Theory Online 11.4 (2005).

Review-essay of Progressive Rock Reconsidered, ed. Kevin Holm-Hudson. Twentieth-Century Music 1/2 (2004): 285–93.

Review-essay of Edward Macan, Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture. In American Rock and the Classical Music Tradition, Contemporary Music Review 18/4 (2000): 149–58.

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