Saturday, April 25, 2009

Beyond Here Lies Nothing: The Video

"Together Through Life, Dylan’s first studio album since 2006’s Modern Times, is characterized by tales of ordinary American lives of love, loss and regret," writes the London Telegraph. "Just as his songs of the 1960s did so effectively, Dylan’s current writing captures the shifting nuances of the American dream and the optimism which defines it. Dylan offers a lively portrait of an idea of America, struggling against the indifference of circumstance, for a sense of its own worth. The track may seem like an acknowledgment of defeat - “Beyond here lies nothing/ nothing done and nothing said” – but it’s equally an affirmation of the need to always ‘go beyond’ regardless of circumstance."

The video, writes Rolling Stone "makes use of the stark black-and-white photographs of Bruce Davidson’s 1959 Brooklyn Gang series, creating a photo montage with Beyond Here Lies Nothing as the soundtrack.

Rolling Stone reports that in the spring of 1959, photographer Bruce Davidson met a crew of Brooklyn teenagers who called themselves “the Jokers” and spent the summer shooting the gang “in their natural habitat,” everywhere from street corners to the borough’s Coney Island amusement park.

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