A Conversation With Milton Glaser As His Iconic, Psychedelic Bob Dylan Poster Turns 50

glaser 2017Dylan's Greatest Hits was released March 27, 1967—rushed out the door by his record label, Columbia, between the release of two other albums, the earth-shaking Blonde on Blonde and the lovely, underrated John Wesley Harding.

Between March 1965 and December 1967, Dylan released no fewer than four classic albums—including Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited—in addition to the five-time platinum Greatest Hits. In those heady years of the mid-Sixties, any number of bands sold more records than Dylan, but no other musical act on the planet—not the Beatles, not the Stones, not Hendrix, no one—was more influential.

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The Milton Glaser Poster

milton glaser by jeanne detallanteIn his blog Right Ear Left Montreal-based art director Martin Dupuis explains about his compulsive habit of hunting through record shops for 1967 editions of Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits in hopes of finding the graphic design equivalent of a golden ticket—a Milton Glaser-designed first edition poster, copies of which were included in slipcovers when the album was released.

Next to his I Love NY logo, the poster is one of Glaser’s most famous designs. So Dupuis, who has stumbled upon three of these posters, recently interviewed the 85-year-old design icon about the poster's creation and his views on art and creativity.
As it turns out, Glaser and Dylan never actually worked together on the poster, and though the depiction has risen to a near-iconic stature, the two haven't so much as even discussed it.

The staff of nobodysingsdylanlike.com stumbled upon many "covers" of the original. Enough to gather these together and present them as a whole. Below you'll find some imitations, copies, parodies, spoofs and steals. Enjoy!

Text courtesy: Martin Dupuis

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The Wiz - 1970 Broadway Poster
To Inform & Delight
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson - Mo’ Meta Blues
Obama Poster
Joe the Savage - Very Same Dream
The Crafted Pixel
Grandma playing old vinyl in the attic
Prince Pop Art psychedlic portrait
Coca Cola Inspiration poster - Jimmy Mercado
Iain Hector - Bringin' It All Back Home
Glaser 80 Años
Dive Into Spring
Heather JAcket - Milton Glaser: interior spread 1
Design History Book - Katherine Lee
Limoni Revolution: A Milton Glaser Dylan Poster rip off
Calendar Design 2
Loteria cards - Alejandra Salazar
Bob Dylan Block Giant Wall Art Poster
Milton Glaser 1960 Design
Live Music
Milton Glaser/Dylan Cookie
Bob Dylan Canta A Dylan Bootleg
Brisbane Writers Festival - Jennifer Scodellaro
NYT Book Review Cover
Terry
Brighton Festival Poster
Bobface
Milton Glaser-Dylan-Napoleon Phoebus Palast
Bike Chains and Cable Clips
MoMA Poster, Milton Glaser style - Heidi Davis
Out Of My Mind Exhibition Poster
Lincoln Center OTPA poster
Sigaren uit Kampen
Poster in honor of Milton Glaser - Simona Rotella
Colombo
Tumbler
Magazine spread
Bob Nobel Glaser
AARP
Dutch single: If You Gotta Go, Go Now
Barolo Bootleg cover
Various Artists - Mojo: Dylan Covered
CPDF Milton Glaser Event Poster - Brian LaRossa
Sid Vicious
Wanted
Superman - Matt Theodosopoulos
Book Cover redesign project - Christopher Peters
Snoop Dogg
Tatoo
Based on Glaser
Express, L' - Jul 3 1978, France
Bob Dylan In Concerto - Gong 5A/6B (Italy), Mar 1977
AAF NEPA Paints a 4ft. Peach for a Good Cause.
Sidney Poney Club - Mat Faint
Nation, The, May 2006, USA
Telerama, April 30 2005, France
barbie
Calendar Design
Einstein
Majak
Glaser Exhibition Invitation
Milton Glaser Inspired Poster  - Ashley Chubbuck
Life Magazine Cover
Barolo Concert Poster
Brooke Candy 2 - Madeline Kate Design
Big Apple Film Festival Poster
Terraloire - Found Typography
Milton Glaser Directness
7Up UnCola
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser (preview)
Women's Right March
Pretty On The Outside
Marie-Antoinette
Glaser Smart Phone Case
Juliana Deslandes - O Bob Dylan de Milton Glaser
Tad Carpenter - Bob Dylan & His Band
Milton Glaser T-Shirt
Hellboy
Mat
Velvet Underground Poster
Mahalia Jackson
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art # 2
Edward Scissorhands - Jennifer Cristao
Supposed to be draft version
Oil painting by ClassicFFL
Jackraz
Happy Belated Birthday, Klaus - Not a photographer
I Love Beetle - Akshita Chandra
North Carolina Community College Poster
Sode no Shirayuki
Dylan Betz Design
Stained Glass Glaser
Lost In Translation Magazine Page Layout
Columbia Poster 1974
Poster inspired by Milton Glaser - Elodie Costa
Is Graphic Design Art? - Dissertation Poster
Matthew Cencich - Milton Montgomery Burns
South African Airways in-flight magazine Sawubona
Flight of the Conchords
Pot
Shakey - Neil Young
T-shirt - AIGA
Dasein Academy (Pink Floyd variations)
Signed Copy
Shakeshaft
Nisha by Svagandr
Where Am I Going With Design
Self Portrait - Huba Mackenzie
Another Pinterest
Queen Logo (stock)
And In The End
Rolling Stone cover, June 2006, Germany
Shuhel Ahmed - Storyboard
Aubrey Beardsley x Milton Glaser
John Lennon
Jonathan 7: Kate _ Cosey
Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Stamp
Carla Rhodes
Freud
Larry David

Animations

More about Milton Glaser and his designs

We can imagine that not everybody has heard of Milton Glaser. Yet almost everybody is familiar with his work - we think. We all know the iconic I NY logo (recently updated to I NY more than ever).
Glaser designed more than 5000 book- and album covers, numerous posters, typefaces and all sorts of printed matter. Just perform a Google image search on the topic and be amazed.
One of the album covers that he designed is "Music from Big Pink", which we have covered in another article.

Marcel Duchamp 1957
Marcel Duchamp 1957 + Kaleidoscope
Sketch 1
Jerry Schatzberg
Sketch 2
Baby Teeth

The idea for the poster didn’t really drop from the sky 'though. It was based on a 1957 silhouette self-portrait by Marcel Duchamp that Duchamp had cut out of paper, combined with a kaleidoscope of psychedelic hair based on "certain forms of Islamic painting.” Glaser combined these two components in his own style.

Two sketches of the design circulate. One of these show Dylan with a harmonica holder. Dylan’s profile was copied from one of Jerry Schatzberg’s pictures.


My client is a Graphic Designer.

retour agence communication dylan ENThe Graphéine Agency has a wonderful website. Being a graphic- and web designer I visit this regularly.

Based on an initial idea of @MarieJulien the agency played the game of imagining customer feedback on mythical posters. The tone is exacerbated, and any resemblance to real and actual feedback is purely coincidental.
Connoisseurs, they're all over the place.

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