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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Por Tu Suerte
Dasein Academy (Pink Floyd variations)
Mahalia Jackson
Based on Glaser
AAF NEPA Paints a 4ft. Peach for a Good Cause.
Calendar Design
Loteria cards - Alejandra Salazar
North Carolina Community College Poster
Seymour Chwast
Keith Haynes: Bob Dylan a la Milton Glaser
Pretty On The Outside
Pagina 12, March 27 1998, Argentina
Dylan Dad Dad
Bastille - Bad Blood
Rock, Paper, Ink
Jonathan 7: Kate _ Cosey
Milton Glaser Cigarette Case
Supposed to be draft version
Where Am I Going With Design
Maryam Naz - Sport Icons
The movie poster for Ragtime, 1981
Nisha by Svagandr
Pipi Langstrumpf - Karen Cuthbert
Columbia poster
Carla Rhodes
The Wiz - 1970 Broadway Poster
The Matisyahu Poster - Gillian Drier
Christmas Glaser
Larry David
Seculo Illustrado
Milton Glaser in El Paseo - Denisse Limas
Poster in honor of Milton Glaser - Simona Rotella
Shakey - Neil Young
Signed Copy
Ringo Starr Wars
Happy Belated Birthday, Klaus - Not a photographer
Donald Trump
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser
Dutch single: If You Gotta Go, Go Now
Another Pinterest
Queen Logo (stock)
CT Glaser
McCracken Poster
Christina - Unintentional
Milton Glaser/Dylan Cookie
T-shirt - AIGA
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser (preview)
Rolling Stone cover, november 2005, Italy
The Imitation Game - Neven Udovičić
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art # 2
South African Airways in-flight magazine Sawubona
Tami Impala - Sabrina O'Neil
Flight of the Conchords
Afiche de vía pública - Lulaa Corado
Magazine spread
Edward Scissorhands - Jennifer Cristao
I Love Beetle - Akshita Chandra
Gustav Klimt x Milton Glaser
Rolling Stone cover, June 2006, Germany
Mickey (by Dan Beltran)
Sid Vicious
Oil painting by ClassicFFL
CPDF Milton Glaser Event Poster - Brian LaRossa
David McCune Gallery
Book Design - Zehra Nawab
Hot Flash Havoc
Milton Glaser-Dylan-Napoleon Phoebus Palast
Will Bryant -Lessons I learnt
Pastiche Myself - Gulsah Cevikkalp
Bob Dylan Canta A Dylan Bootleg
Glaser Exhibition Invitation
Dylan Pech
Milton Glaser Bio
Inside Dylan's Brain
The Crafted Pixel
Papier mache sculpture of Dylan in Bob Dylan exhibit in Hibbing town library
Life Magazine Cover
Poor design
Self Portrait - Huba Mackenzie
Heather Jacket - Everyone's A Critic
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson - Mo’ Meta Blues
Poster inspired by Milton Glaser - Elodie Costa
Live Music
And In The End
David Bowie - Maia Valenzuela
Dylan Betz Design
Emily Emerson - Sam
Milton Glaser Inspired Poster  - Ashley Chubbuck
You know That I'm No Good
Juliana Deslandes - O Bob Dylan de Milton Glaser
Bob Dylan And Philosophy
Express, L' - Jul 3 1978, France
Joe the Savage - Very Same Dream
Grandma playing old vinyl in the attic
Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Stamp
Design History Book - Katherine Lee
Where Am I Going With Design - Tiago Esteves
Color Me Cluttered - Coloring Book
Sode no Shirayuki
Barolo Bootleg cover


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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