Expression in Pop-Rock Music is a collection of critical and analytical essays written by today’s top scholars on pop and rock music. Applying a wide variety of analytical techniques and critical approaches in the study of songs by artists such as Tori Amos, David Bowie, James Brown, the Cure, Genesis, Radiohead, and Frank Zappa, these essays tackle the musical text itself in coming to terms with political, social, cultural, and stylistic issues expressed in the most popular music of the past half-century. It has been expanded in its second edition to include three new essays and other additions accounting for the changes to the popular music landscape since its first edition, with particular attention paid to the rise of hip-hop and country music.
1. The Musical World(s?) of Frank Zappa: Some Observations of his 'Crossover' Pieces 2. Frank Zappa’s 'The Black Page': A Case of Musical 'Conceptual Continuity' 3. Analytic Methodologies for Rock Music: Harmonic and Voice-Leading Strategies in Tori Amos's 'Crucify' 4. Jazz-Rock? Rock-Jazz? Stylistic Crossover in Late-1970s American Progressive Rock 5. Pitch Down the Middle 6. Music, Contexts, and Meaning in U2 7. From L’Étranger to 'Killing an Arab': Representing the Other in a Cure Song 8. The Imagination of Pop-Rock Criticism 9. Trapped within the Wheels: Flow and Repetition, Modernism and Tradition in Stevie Wonder’s 'Living for the City' 10. Fumbling Towards Ecstasy: Voice Leading, Tonal Structure, and the Theme of Self-Realization in the Music of Sarah McLachlan 11. Country-Pop Formulae and Craft: Shania Twain’s Crossover Appeal 12. Large-Scale Strategy and Compositional Design in the Early Music of Genesis 13. Rock and Roll Rhapsody: Pop Epics of the 1970s