Local music fans beware: There’s a fascinating local-legend story in this month’s issue of The Believer
, a literary rag published by author Dave Eggers’ McSweeney’s
. The story’s not online, but it’s worth checking out during your next cruise through Border’s.
It traces the life of local singer-songwriter Bill Fox, who College Music Journal once placed among the most important songwriters of his generation. Fox got his start with the Mice
, an indie band popular here in the 1980s. He then launched a solo folk career, landing a record deal and drawing comparisons to Bob Dylan. Then he mysteriously disappeared from music.
The author, a New York writer who became obsessed with Fox’s music after his wife heard a song on the radio, comes to Cleveland in search of Fox, who’s said to be working at a telemarketing company. Fox is reluctant to interview, mostly because he doesn’t want his life story available online (which is why The Believer, apparently a pretty classy rag, left it offline). The search is a fascinating hike through Fox’s, and by extension Cleveland’s, mystic musical past. – Joe P. Tone