One week before his new album Together Through Life hits stores, Bob Dylan premiered the video for the album’s opener “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ ” on Amazon.com. The site will exclusively house the video from today until April 22nd, when it moves to Bob Dylan’s official Website.
Spoiler alert: Dylan doesn’t actually appear in the video. Instead, like Together Through Life‘s album cover, the clip makes use of the stark black-and-white photographs of Bruce Davidson’s 1959 “Brooklyn Gang” series, creating a photo montage with “Beyond Here” as the soundtrack. A press release explains the history of Davidson’s photographs, noting that he met a crew of Brooklyn teenagers who called themselves “the Jokers” in Spring 1959 and spent the summer shooting the gang “in their natural habitat,” everywhere from street corners to the borough’s Coney Island amusement park. Despite creating a narrative out of photos from a New York street gang, the video somehow works well to enhance the “seductive border-cafe feel” of the Together Through Life opener.
As Rock Daily previously reported, the LP features contributions from Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, who co-wrote the words on nine of the album’s 10 tracks. Fans got a full sneak preview of Together Through Life this past weekend at the independent shops celebrating Record Store Day, officially comes out April 28th. For David Fricke’s album review of Together Through Life, be sure to check out the current issue of Rolling Stone on stands now.
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