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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Images, etc.

Based on Glaser
Poster inspired by Milton Glaser - Elodie Costa
Maryam Naz - Sport Icons
Rock, Paper, Ink
CPDF Milton Glaser Event Poster - Brian LaRossa
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art
Christina - Unintentional
Bob Dylan In Concerto - Gong 5A/6B (Italy), Mar 1977
Gustav Klimt x Milton Glaser
NYT Book Review Cover
Book Cover redesign project - Christopher Peters
The Many Faces of Bob Dylan by Ralph Gleason
Donald Trump
Dasein Academy (Pink Floyd variations)
Milton Glaser-Dylan-Napoleon Phoebus Palast
Sode no Shirayuki
Milton Glaser in El Paseo - Denisse Limas
Hot Flash Havoc
Por Tu Suerte
John Lennon
Drag Poster - Rachael Baumgartner
Out Of My Mind Exhibition Poster
Supposed to be draft version
Milton Glaser Inspired Poster  - Ashley Chubbuck
Dive Into Spring
Color Me Cluttered - Coloring Book
Steve Howe - Portraits Of Bob Dylan
Magazine spread
The movie poster for Ragtime, 1981
Women's Right March
Milton Glaser 1960 Design
Heather Jacket - Everyone's A Critic
Juliana Deslandes - O Bob Dylan de Milton Glaser
T-shirt - AIGA
Dylan Pech
Pretty On The Outside
Golden Roads Woodworks
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser
Libera tus pensamientos - Marivi Alcala
I ♥ MG - Brishen VanderKolk
Aubrey Beardsley x Milton Glaser
Lincoln Center OTPA poster
Where Am I Going With Design - Tiago Esteves
Larry David
Bike Chains and Cable Clips
Birthday Boy Theme
Design History Book - Katherine Lee
Dylan Avond Maassluis
Obama Poster
Pastiche Myself - Gulsah Cevikkalp
The Imitation Game - Neven Udovičić
Milton Glaser plays Chopin
Barolo Concert Poster
Lotus Glaser
Limoni Revolution: A Milton Glaser Dylan Poster rip off
Flight of the Conchords
Will Bryant -Lessons I learnt
Resting place at Festival - Annemiek Hospers
Robert Neumark Jones
Superman - Matt Theodosopoulos
Papier mache sculpture of Dylan in Bob Dylan exhibit in Hibbing town library
Express, L' - Jul 3 1978, France
Bob Nobel Glaser #2
The Crafted Pixel
Danny 999
Seculo Illustrado
Brooke Candy 2 - Madeline Kate Design
Bernie Saunders
David McCune Gallery
Where Am I Going With Design
A man of design - Grace Shore
India Amos - No habit
Bob Dylan And Philosophy
Rolling Stone cover, november 2005, Italy
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson - Mo’ Meta Blues
Pipi Langstrumpf - Karen Cuthbert
Seymour Chwast
North Carolina Community College Poster
Columbia Poster 1974
Heather JAcket - Milton Glaser: interior spread 1
Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Stamp
AAF NEPA Paints a 4ft. Peach for a Good Cause.
Milton Glaser Bio
Book Design - Zehra Nawab
Terraloire - Found Typography
Mahalia Jackson
Jonathan 7: Kate _ Cosey
Glaser Exhibition Invitation
Tad Carpenter - Bob Dylan & His Band
Another Pinterest
7Up UnCola
Brooke Candy 1 - Madeline Kate Design
Inside Dylan's Brain
Mickey (by Dan Beltran)
Matthew Clarke - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan Canta A Dylan Bootleg
Rolling Stone cover, June 2006, Germany
Snoop Dogg
Various Artists - Mojo: Dylan Covered
Shakey - Neil Young


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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