“Like a Rolling Stone,” Bob Dylan’s era-defining, age-defying anthem of angst, finally has an official music video, nearly 50 years after its initial release.
And no, it’s not a snowy montage of Robert Allen Zimmerman going electric at Newport or sounding off against hecklers at Royal Albert Hall. It’s probably more technically modern and subversive than anything the bands and beat-makers you saw at Lollapalooza or Pitchfork this summer have ever had the mind to create.
, created by digital agency Interlude, turns us already thankful viewers into active ones, inviting you to channel-surf through an array of familiar programming (“Pawn Stars,” “The Price Is Right,” an international tennis match.) Through some impressive feat of video editing voodoo, the hosts, players, and characters shown are all lip-syncing—in perfect time—with the unforgettable song.
I don’t want to stray too far into the weeds here in terms of “5 takeaways” for content marketers; that would both suck out the awe factor and be precisely what Dylan stands against—not to mention it would overexpose the millennial in me, an unforgiveable faux pas.
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Instead, I’ll go as far as this: Great content lives on, whether it’s a song, a movie, an article, or maybe—if content marketers have amazing karma—an infographic. Given the unrelenting pressure PR and marketing professionals put on themselves to find fresh news hooks on a daily (or faster) basis, we might as well take comfort in knowing that certain content—even decades later—can be revived.
Not 100 percent sold on the power of “recycled” content?
Consider this sampling of Twitter sentiment about Dylan’s release versus Kanye West’s new video (which also debuted Wednesday):
Matilda Swartz is an account executive with Walker Sands in Chicago.