How does it feel to be on your own?

Saturday, 23 November, 2013

In all, there are 16 television channels to be surfed, from “The Price is right” to Pawn Stars. Others include a classic rock, a news and a sports station. There’s even video taken from a CCTV camera showing the pained victim of a mugging singing, “How does it feel…?” It’s Vania Heymann, the 27-year-old Israeli viral video director of Like A Rolling Stone, the latest visual masterpiece from Bob Dylan. This is not the first time, though, that Dylan has merged music with film to challenge convention. In 1965, in the “Dont Look Back” documentary by D.A. Pennebaker, he performed Subterranean Homesick Blues while flipping cue cards with words from the lyrics as the song plays. The potential of the music video clip was revealed and now Dylan is pushing the limits of the medium again.

Like A Rolling Stone is one of the most important of Dylan’s works and one of the greatest rock songs ever written. It tells of a young woman from a good family who immerses herself in the counter-culture of the 1960s but then falls from grace. As she questions her choices, Dylan appears ambivalent about her dilemma. It’s hard to tell if he has pity on Miss Lonely or is secretly pleased with her distress.

“Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
They’re drinkin’, thinkin’ that they got it made
Exchanging all kinds of precious gifts and things
But you’d better lift your diamond ring, you’d better pawn it babe.”

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