The Amazing New Interactive Video For Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone”

In November, Bob Dylan’s legendary song “Like A Rolling Stone”, received its first official video and it is a masterpiece and innovation in the genre. The video has a fascinating interactive feature that lets you change the channels you are watching. Each channel you play features people on real and imagined TV shows mouthing the lyrics to the song, but not acting like they’re lip synching. They’re acting in all respects like they would on the genre of show they are on. It’s as though their mouths have simply become possessed to sing along to “Like A Rolling Stone”, often in oscillation between fascinating incongruence and charmingly inspired appropriateness with their facial expressions and the things they’re doing. The mixture of Dylan’s contemptuous taunting and television personalities’ performatively pleasant and cheery demeanors amounts to a sublimely wry commentary on television itself. I could go on and on. I’ve watched it over and over a number of different ways. It’s a constantly new and alternately engrossing experience. Play with it for yourself by going here.

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  • http://batman-news.com Anton

    It’s ironic that they’re lip-synching, when Dylan himself has been singing through his nose for decades now.

    • Peter

      How true. If you see him in concert you need a translator to understand what the hell he’s singing. At least on the records you do understand the great lyrics.

    • http://batman-news.com Anton

      I kid, but I’ve been a huge Dylan fan since I was a teenager.

    • Peter

      Me too, and I’m 68 so I lived through that era of the Stones, Beatles and Dylan. Like a rolling stone was amazing when I first heard it and I didn’t have Dylan album but I went out and bought Bring It All Back Home. Maggies Farm was my favorite because it was so true.

    • http://batman-news.com Anton

      I’m some years younger than you, and consumed with envy of anyone who lived through that era of music. Dylan’s catalog from ’63-’66 is still one of the most remarkable achievements of rock.

    • Peter

      It was a magical time and it’s hard to describe the vibe going on to those who weren’t there. I’m stuck in the sixties will be to the day I die.


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