Days after I watched the interactive video of Dylan’s 1965 hit “Like a Rolling Stone, I am still not able to shake off its after-glow.
For hours I kept flipping through its 16 channels, watching TV stars lip-syncing the song. I am still tangled up in its brilliance.
I loved the magical moment when Danny Brown eating falafel and a hot dog sings “Beware doll, you’re bound to fall”. When you reach The Bachelor styled reality show you see a girl-fight where the glam-dolls finger-point, neck-swirl while sing-talking “You used to laugh about /Everybody that was hangin’ out /Now you don’t talk so loud /Now you don’t seem so proud /About having to be scrounging for your next meal”. As you flip through the channels, you see Marc Maron’s radio routine where he tells his guest: “You’re invisible now, you’ve got no secrets to conceal.”
Creating a video that does justice to the great Troubadour of Conscience and his legacy, commands an appropriate use of style and medium.
I love the cute couple on the Rom Com channel, and the moment when the guy sings “You’ve gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely/But you know you only used to get juiced in it”
Its incredible how new social mediums are able to flawlessly carry a classic soul of yesterday and offer it to its attention deficit masses – (Mashable asked its readers to create Vine videos inspired by your favorite LPs and EPs: https://vine.co/v/hr6a5eg5m09)
Remember the scene in I’m Not There where young Dylan rides a boxcar, and visits a rural family. To encourage him to create songs that belong to his generation, the woman of the house gives him a curt yet a heartfelt advice “”Live in your own time, child. Sing about your own time.”.
When Vania Heymann, the director of this video adds a new interactive digital twist to the single “Like a Rolling Stone’ she does exactly that. Lives her own time.
And what a time it is!
- Interview: Director Vania Heymann Talks Making the Interactive Video for Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” (complex.com)
- Inside Bob Dylan’s Brilliant ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ Video (rollingstone.com)
- Bob Dylan’s interactive video for 1963’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ worth the wait (examiner.com)
- How Bob Dylan won the Internet (o.canada.com)
- Bob Dylan Goes Interactive In New Music Video (tubefilter.com)