From Public Books, how should we understand rock and roll’s reverence for earlier African American musical forms in relation to a history of racial brutality? Jack Hamilton on his book Just around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination. The whitest music ever: James Parker reviews The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock by David Weigel (and more and more). Michael Iafrate (Toronto): Punk Rock and/as Liberation. Margaret Thatcher’s briefing on punk for a 1987 interview is pure gold. Andy Segedi writes in defense of hair metal. M Selim Yavuz (Leeds Beckett): “Delightfully Depressing”: Death/Doom Metal Music World and the Emotional Responses of the Fan.

Patrick William Osborne (Florida State): Constructing the Antichrist as Superstar: Marilyn Manson and the Mechanics of Eschatological Narrative. Was grunge good? The death of Chris Cornell and the 25th anniversary of the movie “Singles” bring a musical era into focus. The life and death of the indie-rock heyday: Twenty years ago marked the beginning of the end of Peak Indie. The last moment of the last great rock band: The inside story of how the Strokes — and the early-aughts New York rock boom — went bust, told by the people who lived it. Clover Hope on the making and unmaking of Iggy Azalea. Why do so many musicians end up being one-hit wonders?

What is the millennial “Stairway to Heaven”? A battle royale. A report finds hip-hop/R&B is the dominant genre in the U.S. for the first time. Nitsuh Abebe on 25 songs that tell us where music is going.

Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein on how the Republicans broke Congress. “The hypocrisy is astounding”: This tax bill shows the GOP’s debt concerns were pure fraud. Heading toward tax victory, Republicans eye next step: Cut spending. “This is class warfare”: Tax vote sparks political brawl over populism that will carry into 2018 elections. The Republican tax plan creates big long-term opportunities for Democrats. Thread: “A note on the politics of this tax bill, which is so absurd & horrendous it can scarcely be believed — like, really”. Why Republicans will insist the Trump tax cuts “worked”, no matter what. The Trump tax cuts for the rich must, and will, be repealed: They’re the most easily reversible damage Trump will do in office (and more).

From the European Journal of Humour Research, a special issue on Eastern European humour. Mara Faccio and John J. McConnell (Purdue): Death by Pokemon GO. Russia’s group is the easiest in modern World Cup history. Want to understand college football? It’s all about politics. Why has the uber-elitist Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel joined forces with the uber-plebeian Donald Trump? The answer may be scarier than you think. Trump’s descent into madness is a worldwide crisis. Jaws drop as Roy Moore supporter says she’d support him even with proof of child molestation. Gopal Balakrishnan, professor at UC-Santa Cruz, disputes sexual-assault accusations. Bernie Sanders’ plan to help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands might actually work.

Trump could be forced to testify on sexual-harassment allegations — and if he lies he could be impeached. Guys like Matt Lauer are why we have President Trump. Jill Pilipovic on the men who cost Clinton the election. “I’m humbled and troubled — especially since I got caught”. We don’t want your apology — we want you to go away. (Not) a vindication of the rights of women: Feelings of vindication are not high on the list for women whose career hit a detour because of a guy who turns out to be, well, rotten.

Scott McLemee reviews Finding Fibonacci: The Quest to Rediscover the Forgotten Mathematical Genius Who Changed the World by Keith Devlin (and more). A long-sought proof, found and almost lost: When a German retiree proved a famous long-standing mathematical conjecture, the response was underwhelming. Math genius June Huh blooms late and conquers his field. This man is about to blow up mathematics: Harvey Friedman is about to bring incompleteness and infinity out of quarantine. Women who are elite mathematicians are less likely than men to believe they’re elite mathematicians. Natalia Nollenberger (UAB) and Nuria Rodriguez-Planas (CUNY): Let the Girls Learn: It is Not Only About Math, It’s About Gender Social Norms.

Michael Flynn’s guilty plea sends Donald Trump’s lawyers scrambling. Thread: “Separate from the very real possibility of Trump-Russia collusion, the Flynn revelations this week speak to a clear pattern of behavior by both Team Trump and GOP leadership: conspiring to go easy on the Kremlin despite Russian interference in our election”. The odds of impeachment are dropping: Despite Robert Mueller’s damaging disclosures, Republican voters offer Trump unwavering support. Deaf to the truth, blind to the facts: Those divorced from reality don’t care about Michael Flynn. Donald Trump isn’t the only villain — the Republican Party shares the blame. Alan Dershowitz is an apologist for official misconduct. Is it too late for Robert Mueller to save us? Robert Costa, Carol D. Leonnig and Josh Dawsey go inside the secretive nerve center of the Mueller investigation.