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A Musical Life: Chris Fox

Chris Fox is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Newman University in Wichita. He grew up in the Seattle music scene of the 1980s and 1990s, recording with the band Bitter End and, later, in Memphis with The Also. He has toured with former Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate and continues to play bass when he can.

“I do academic philosophy. I do western philosophy. I do the history of philosophy. So I’m a generalist—in some ways. I specialize. The stuff I publish on has to be narrow for a very small audience. But for me to understand the stuff I do philosophically, I have to be able to talk about the whole history of philosophy from the pre-Socratics through the post-postmoderns. And in a way that’s like being a bass player because you have to be a jack of all trades and you have to be able to see the whole and to know your part in the whole but not lose sight of the whole while doing your part.

Once you put out a heavy metal record people will remember you everywhere. I was in a heavy metal band in Seattle, Bitter End, we put out a couple of records. And my brother was in Italy—we were in Italy in 2010, family reunion kind of thing. We were in Milan and my brother finds these metal heads. So he says, ‘Yeah, I was in this band back in Seattle in the mid-80s called Bitter End.’ The guy looks at him and says, ‘Bitter End is’ (and I can’t use the word), ‘GREAT BAND!’”

Jedd Beaudoin is host/producer of the nationally syndicated program Strange Currency. He has also served as an arts reporter, a producer of A Musical Life and a founding member of the KMUW Movie Club. As a music journalist, his work has appeared in Pop Matters, Vox, No Depression and Keyboard Magazine.