The Iordan/Leonard/Mutch/Wolfson-Foster School of Fine Arts: Admission!!! (Bo Diddley #3)
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[Sheldon, Vermont, March 2000]
I am happy to report that my application to the ILMW-F School of Fine Arts has been accepted! I received this message from Dean Wolfson-Foster:
â€œYour letter of acceptance is on its way, Sir Knight. Also, you will be receiving an ILMW-F School of Fine Arts t-shirt and backpack . . . and a bill for $25,000 to cover your first semester (books included). It is an honor to welcome such a talented photographer to our small, yet prestigious family.â€
$25,000? For one semester? Well, at least the books are included. And the t-shirt and backpack are nice.
I am including this photo with my application for financial aid, because I know the Schoolâ€™s founders like dilapidated buildings. (I wonder what the dorm looks like . . .) Wish me luck!
I took this pic ten years ago as I traced the escape route of the Confederate raiders that had robbed the three banks in St. Albans, Vermont, and were now making their way to Canada, with a federal posse in hot pursuit (1864). Sheldon is located about 11 miles east of St. Albans. The area is rugged, and there is little evidence of any prosperity. It was a cold wintry day, and I felt a little like Heathcliff wandering around on the moors . . .
Bo Diddleyâ€™s â€œbeat,â€ which was introduced in his self-titled â€œBo Diddleyâ€ (1955), was frequently copied, and today the beat is considered one of the most important building blocks of the rock â€˜nâ€™ roll sound.
Linked below is Dee Clarkâ€™s â€œHey Little Girlâ€ (1960), a virtual note-by-note adaptation of the â€œbeat.â€ Youâ€™ll enjoy this. Itâ€™s a classic.
For all you â€œStonesâ€ fans: You wonâ€™t have long to wait . . .
Also by Richard Knight
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