A clever and innovative interactive video set to Bob Dylan's classic 1965 tune "Like a Rolling Stone" has debuted at the folk-rock legend's official website. The clip allows visitors to channel-surf through a selection of 16 staged television shows featuring various actors and hosts lip-synching the song's lyrics.
Several of the programs in the video are fake versions of real shows; for example, there's a The Price Is Right segment that stars actual host Drew Carey, and a Pawn Stars segment that features the reality-TV program's real-life pawn brokers Rick Harrison and Austin "Chumlee" Russell. You may recall that Dylan actually appeared on a 2010 episode of Pawn Stars, in which he's seen signing a vinyl copy of his 1970 album Self Portrait for Chumlee.
Other "shows" in the clip include a VH1 Classic-style network that features real footage of Dylan performing "Like a Rolling Stone" live during the mid 1960s, a sports channel covering a tennis match, a BBC News weather report, a cooking show, a home shopping network, a hip-hop video program, a romantic comedy flick, a children's cartoon, and a financial news report.
The video was created and directed by young Israeli artist Vania Heymann using the technology developed by the Interlude digital media company.
The clip's premiere celebrates the recent release of Dylan's massive The Complete Album Collection Volume 1 box set, which contains 35 of the renowned singer/songwriter's studio efforts, six live albums, and a new two-disc compilation of non-album singles and tunes from various compilations and soundtracks.
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