Google Video Premieres Rare Bob Dylan Videos in Exclusive Promotion Preceding Release of Modern Times
In anticipation of the release of Bob Dylan's new album, Modern Times, on August 29, Google Video (http://video.google.com/dylan.html) has launched the worldwide online premiere of many rare and never-before-seen Bob Dylan videos. Included are outtakes from the famed 1967 documentary, Don't Look Back, a 1969 duet performance with Johnny Cash of "Girl from the North Country" from Cash's television show, music videos from the 1980s and '90s, and much more.
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The videos are being made available from the vaults of Columbia Records, and D.A. Pennebaker, many for the first time since their original release and all making their official online debuts.
"The demand for Bob Dylan content on the web is overwhelming," said Samantha Saturn, Vice President, Digital Marketing, Columbia Records. "We couldn't be more thrilled to be working with Google Video as we take this major step in making these great Bob Dylan performances and other visuals available for the first time."
The complete list of Bob Dylan content available on Google Video as follows:
Don't Look Back -- Outtakes Previously unreleased footage from the 1967 documentary directed by D.A. Pennebaker. "Girl From The North Country" Bob Dylan was a guest on Johnny's -- Television Performance first show in July 1969, and this duet was taped at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium. "Isis" -- Live Performance Live performance from the 1975 Rolling Thunder Review tour. "Jokerman" -- Music Video Lyrics to the song set, against artwork from throughout history, are interspersed with performance footage to create this compelling clip from the Infidels album. "Political World" -- Music Video This music video from the Oh Mercy! album was directed by John Mellencamp. "Series Of Dreams" -- Music Video Considered one of Bob Dylan's greatest videos, this clip was directed by Meiert Avis. "Dignity" -- Music Video The first recording of this song came from Bob Dylan's performance on MTV Unplugged in 1994. "Love And Theft" -- Commercial The full length commercial filmed for 2001's "Love And Theft" album was set to the music of "Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee." The commercial features Bob Dylan and an unusual cast of characters, including magician Ricky Jay. 60 Minutes -- Interview Bob Dylan was interviewed by Ed Bradley for a segment that aired on the show's June 12, 2005 edition. NARM - Video Montage Columbia Records created this presentation that was first showed at the 2006 convention of music retailers. It highlights Bob Dylan's 45 years as a Columbia recording artist and performer.
Bob Dylan is one of the world's most popular and acclaimed songwriters, musicians and performers, having sold nearly 100 million albums and performed literally thousands of shows around the world in a career spanning five decades.
Modern Times has already been hailed by critics, with Rolling Stone awarding the album 5 stars (out of 5) and proclaiming it, "His third straight masterwork." Robert Christgau in Blender magazine wrote that Modern Times is "Startling. Radiates the observant calm of old masters who have seen enough life to be ready for anything -- Yeats, Matisse, Sonny Rollins." In the UK, Mojo exclaimed, "Epic...Heartbreaking...Dynamic...Apocalyptic!," while Uncut gave Modern Times its highest ranking of 5 stars.
Bob Dylan's most recent studio albums, Time Out Of Mind and "Love And Theft" have been among his most commercially successful and critically lauded, each having sold more than a million copies in the U.S. and earning Grammy nominations for Album Of The Year (Time Out Of Mind won that award in 1998).
He wrote and recorded "Things Have Changed" for the 2000 film Wonder Boys, for which he received both the Academy Award and Golden Globe. The first volume of his memoirs, Chronicles, was one of the most acclaimed and best-selling non-fiction works of 2004, and last year's No Direction Home film, directed by Martin Scorsese, captivated audiences worldwide as it documented Dylan's early career and rise to fame. The film won a Peabody Award in 2006.
Bob Dylan's weekly XM Satellite Radio show, Theme Time Radio Hour, debuted in May and has quickly become one of that network's most popular programs.
SOURCE: Columbia Records
CONTACT: Claire Mercuri of Columbia Records, Media, New York,
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