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The video, which first appeared on Dylan’s website Tuesday, allows viewers to flip through sixteen different channels of a virtual TV. The channels show scenes that range from dramas to newscasts to cooking shows. The characters in each scene, which include celebrities such as Drew Carey and ESPN anchor Steve Levy, lip-sync the song’s lyrics.
An official music video had never before been released for “Like a Rolling Stone” though the song remains one of the most legendary of Dylan’s more than fifty-year career.
Written and recorded in 1965, the song was inspired by Dylan’s frustration with the direction of his career. But it would end up changing the singer-songwriter’s fortunes altogether. “Like a Rolling Stone” became his most successful radio hit to that point, even though it is more than six minutes in length. It reached number two in the US charts and was a top ten hit in many other countries. The song has been covered by artists such as The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Green Day, and the Rolling Stones (though they owe their name to a Muddy Waters song, not Dylan’s classic). “Like a Rolling Stone” has been named Dylan’s best song in multiple polls, and Rolling Stone magazine twice named it the best song of all time.
Dylan recently released a 47-disc box set, which includes 35 studio albums and 6 live albums, among other content.