Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith are among the contributors to a new video of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” In homage to the famous clip from D.A. Pennebaker’s 1967 Dylan documentary “Dont Look Back” that showed Dylan flipping over cue cards with the song’s lyrics, this one features representations of the words, in quick succession.
Springsteen contributed the hand-written phrases “Watch it!” (see above) and “Here they come!” Which aren’t phrases that are actually heard in the song, but I guess when you’re Bruce Springsteen, you can do that.
Smith also contributed several hand-written phrases. Among the other contributors of pictures, and film and animation clips, are Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream, filmmakers Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch, actor and comedian Noel Fielding, and visual artist Michael Joo. You can see the entire video, as well as Pennebaker’s original clip, at dylan60.com, and I also have embedded the new video below.
According to a press release, “As a companion to ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues 2022,’ fans may experience an Augmented Reality lens filter, on Instagram and Snapchat, that allows users to try on a virtual pair of Dylan’s iconic Ray Ban sunglasses while a select 10-second loop of the new ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues 2022’ video plays in the lenses.”
Originally on Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home album, “Subterranean Homesick Blues” was the first Dylan single to reach the Top 40 (though he had previously written songs that had been Top 40 hits for other artists).