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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Summer of Stein
Shuhel Ahmed - Storyboard
Bob Nobel Glaser
DG magazine cover - Courtney Hurrell
Milton Glaser Inspired Poster  - Ashley Chubbuck
Libera tus pensamientos - Marivi Alcala
Stained Glass Glaser
Sigaren uit Kampen
Loteria cards - Alejandra Salazar
Snoop Dogg
Is Graphic Design Art? - Dissertation Poster
To Inform & Delight
Signed Copy
Out Of My Mind Exhibition Poster
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art # 2
Jonathan 7: Kate _ Cosey
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser
Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Stamp
Calendar Design 2
Unknown (information needed)
Pipi Langstrumpf - Karen Cuthbert
Milton Glaser Directness
Milton Glaser T-Shirt
Marge Glaser-Simpson
Chad Wickert
Lotus Glaser
Matthew Clarke - Self Portrait
Jürgen Wasser's Garage Door
Sidney Poney Club - Mat Faint
Tad Carpenter - Bob Dylan & His Band
North Carolina Community College Poster
Danny 999
Christmas Glaser
Barolo Bootleg cover
Big Apple Film Festival Poster
Prince Pop Art psychedlic portrait
Kevin Frank - Conan o'Brien
Another Pinterest
Nation, The, May 2006, USA
Dasein Academy (Pink Floyd variations)
Where Am I Going With Design - Tiago Esteves
Self Portrait - Huba Mackenzie
Oil painting by ClassicFFL
Heather JAcket - Milton Glaser: interior spread 1
Seculo Illustrado
Various Artists - Mojo: Dylan Covered
Based on Glaser
Flight of the Conchords
Hilary Clinton Campaign Button
Bob Dylan In Concerto - Gong 5A/6B (Italy), Mar 1977
Bob Dylan Canta A Dylan Bootleg
DogDylan - Daiane FS
McCracken Poster
The Crafted Pixel
Sode no Shirayuki
Grandma playing old vinyl in the attic
Dylan Betz Design
Bob Dylan Block Giant Wall Art Poster
Mickey (by Dan Beltran)
I ♥ MG - Brishen VanderKolk
Glaser Cigarette Case
Poster in honor of Milton Glaser - Simona Rotella
Book Cover redesign project - Christopher Peters
Bob Dylan And Philosophy
Dylanesque CD cover
Milton Glaser-Dylan-Napoleon Phoebus Palast
Tami Impala - Sabrina O'Neil
Hot Flash Havoc
Inside Dylan's Brain
David McCune Gallery
Martin Kalfatovic - Dodo Dylan
Dylan Pech
Glaser Smart Phone Case
Book Design - Zehra Nawab
Milton Glaser Designer Booklet - Jessica Lanchang
Poster inspired by Milton Glaser - Elodie Costa
Ringo Starr Wars
Maryam Naz - Sport Icons
Rolling Stone cover, november 2005, Italy
Blackliight Neon Bob
South African Airways in-flight magazine Sawubona
Lincoln Center OTPA poster
Coca Cola Poster
Resting place at Festival - Annemiek Hospers
Bernie Saunders
Women's Right March
Milton Glaser/Dylan Cookie
David Bowie - Maia Valenzuela
I Love Beetle - Akshita Chandra
Columbia poster
And In The End
Milton Glaser Cigarette Case
Drag Poster - Rachael Baumgartner
7Up UnCola
Sid Vicious
India Amos - No habit
Terraloire - Found Typography
Milton Glaser plays Chopin
Juliana Deslandes - O Bob Dylan de Milton Glaser
Express, L' - Jul 3 1978, France
The Wiz - 1970 Broadway Poster
Evan Kraus
CPDF Milton Glaser Event Poster - Brian LaRossa
Dutch single: If You Gotta Go, Go Now
Gustav Klimt x Milton Glaser


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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