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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Various Artists - Mojo: Dylan Covered
Por Tu Suerte
Book Cover redesign project - Christopher Peters
Jackraz
Dylan Dad Dad
Magazine spread
NYT Book Review Cover
And In The End
Dylan Pech
A man of design - Grace Shore
Glaser Cigarette Case
Pedro Suarez Vertiz
Matthew Cencich - Milton Montgomery Burns
Dive Into Spring
Heather JAcket - Milton Glaser: interior spread 1
Aubrey Beardsley x Milton Glaser
Martin Kalfatovic - Dodo Dylan
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art # 2
Brisbane Writers Festival - Jennifer Scodellaro
Superman - Matt Theodosopoulos
Elegance
Nation, The, May 2006, USA
CT Glaser
Zurban, September 3 2000, France
MoMA Poster, Milton Glaser style - Heidi Davis
Hilary Clinton Campaign Button
Signed Copy
Obama Poster
North Carolina Community College Poster
John Lennon
Barolo Concert Poster
Queen Logo (stock)
Amy
Prince
Bike Chains and Cable Clips
Bob Nobel Glaser #2
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art
Seymour Chwast
Life Magazine Cover
Neymar
Coca Cola Inspiration poster - Jimmy Mercado
Larry David
Poster inspired by Milton Glaser - Elodie Costa
Sidney Poney Club - Mat Faint
Inside Dylan's Brain
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson - Mo’ Meta Blues
Hellboy
Milton Glaser in El Paseo - Denisse Limas
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser (preview)
G. Bender
Unknown (information needed)
Gadfly, US
South African Airways in-flight magazine Sawubona
Milton Glaser Directness
Einstein
Morrisey
Kevin Frank - Conan o'Brien
Pastiche Myself - Gulsah Cevikkalp
Flight of the Conchords
Design History Book - Katherine Lee
Where Am I Going With Design - Tiago Esteves
Christina - Unintentional
Bobface
Milton Glaser 1960 Design
Milton Glaser Bio
Stained Glass Glaser
Jürgen Wasser's Garage Door
T-shirt - AIGA
Tammela
Marge Glaser-Simpson
Glaser Smart Phone Case
Coca Cola Poster
Milton Glaser Designer Booklet - Jessica Lanchang
Shakeshaft
Book Design - Zehra Nawab
Tad Carpenter - Bob Dylan & His Band
McCracken Poster
Bastille - Bad Blood
Out Of My Mind Exhibition Poster
Jonathan 7: Kate _ Cosey
Lost In Translation Magazine Page Layout
Brooke Candy 2 - Madeline Kate Design
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser
AARP
Kids
Poor design
Milton Glaser plays Chopin
Seculo Illustrado
The Wiz - 1970 Broadway Poster
Limoni Revolution: A Milton Glaser Dylan Poster rip off
Milton Glaser Cigarette Case
Oil painting by ClassicFFL
David McCune Gallery
Gustav Klimt x Milton Glaser
Bob Dylan Canta A Dylan Bootleg
Beto Moreira
The movie poster for Ragtime, 1981
Dutch single: If You Gotta Go, Go Now
Self Portrait - Huba Mackenzie
Pretty On The Outside
Ringo Starr Wars
AAF NEPA Paints a 4ft. Peach for a Good Cause.
Tatoo
Milton Glaser/Dylan Cookie
Milton Glaser T-Shirt
The Matisyahu Poster - Gillian Drier
Afiche de vía pública - Lulaa Corado
Hot Flash Havoc
Grandma playing old vinyl in the attic
Papier mache sculpture of Dylan in Bob Dylan exhibit in Hibbing town library
Christmas Glaser
Mahalia Jackson
Shakey - Neil Young
Express, L' - Jul 3 1978, France
Rolling Stone cover, november 2005, Italy
Questlove
Drag Poster - Rachael Baumgartner
Columbia Poster 1974
Happy Belated Birthday, Klaus - Not a photographer
Dylan Avond Maassluis

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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