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Video of the Week: “Subterranean Homesick Blues” by Bob Dylan May 24, 2010

It’s been months, I know, but I want to let you all know that school’s out for the summer (but has not been blown to pieces) and my blog is back with a vengeance (not really sure what that’s supposed to mean; just wanted to say it).  Anyway, in celebration of the return of this blog, the return of “Video of the Week” (which will hopefully be posted once a week from now on, as its title would suggest), and the 69th birthday of Robert Allen Freakin’ Zimmerman (a.k.a. Bob Dylan), I now present to you what I believe to be (someone please correct me if I’m wrong) the very first music video ever made, Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, which was filmed way back in 1965 and was featured as a prologue of sorts to the documentary Don’t Look Back, which followed Dylan on his 1965 tour of the UK, not too long before he “sold out” at the Newport folk festival.  The documentary was not released until 1967, I believe, so I’m not totally sure that this may have been the first music video ever seen (though I do believe it was used to promote the film.  In fact I think the trailer might have consisted entirely of this video), but I do think it was the first one ever made.  Of course, since this was eons before the music video was considered an art form in and of itself, the video has a simple concept, yet still manages to be both clever and visually interesting.  So without further ado, here it is, the first music video ever made that I’m currently aware of.  Enjoy.

And for your further enjoyment, here are a couple of videos which pay tribute to “Subterranean Homesick Blues”: