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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Juliana Deslandes - O Bob Dylan de Milton Glaser
Golden Roads Woodworks
Poster in honor of Milton Glaser - Simona Rotella
Brooke Candy 1 - Madeline Kate Design
Nisha by Svagandr
Matthew Clarke - Self Portrait
Design History Book - Katherine Lee
7Up UnCola
Papier mache sculpture of Dylan in Bob Dylan exhibit in Hibbing town library
Glaser 80 Años
Is Graphic Design Art? - Dissertation Poster
Life Magazine Cover
Superman - Matt Theodosopoulos
Shuhel Ahmed - Storyboard
Stained Glass Glaser
The Many Faces of Bob Dylan by Ralph Gleason
To Inform & Delight
Sid Vicious
Heather Jacket - Everyone's A Critic
The Matisyahu Poster - Gillian Drier
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser
Milton Glaser/Dylan Cookie
Milton Glaser Designer Booklet - Jessica Lanchang
Joe the Savage - Very Same Dream
Rolling Stone cover, June 2006, Germany
Another Pinterest
Lost In Translation Magazine Page Layout
Blackliight Neon Bob
Bob Dylan Block Giant Wall Art Poster
Will Bryant -Lessons I learnt
Beto Moreira
Martin Kalfatovic - Dodo Dylan
Rock, Paper, Ink
The Crafted Pixel
North Carolina Community College Poster
T-shirt - AIGA
Dutch single: If You Gotta Go, Go Now
Emily Emerson - Sam
Dylan Dad Dylan
Out Of My Mind Exhibition Poster
Signed Copy
Coca Cola Inspiration poster - Jimmy Mercado
Brisbane Writers Festival - Jennifer Scodellaro
Hilary Clinton Campaign Button
Libera tus pensamientos - Marivi Alcala
South African Airways in-flight magazine Sawubona
Bob Nobel Glaser
Milton Glaser Cigarette Case
Dylan Pech
Mickey (by Dan Beltran)
Bob Dylan In Concerto - Gong 5A/6B (Italy), Mar 1977
Bob Dylan And Philosophy
Steve Howe - Portraits Of Bob Dylan
G. Bender
Dylan Betz Design
Columbia Poster 1974
Book Cover redesign project - Christopher Peters
Women's Right March
Dylan Dad Dad
Galerija Suvremene
Columbia poster
Sode no Shirayuki
Poster inspired by Milton Glaser - Elodie Costa
Obama Poster
Brooke Candy 2 - Madeline Kate Design
And In The End
India Amos - No habit
Calendar Design
Afiche de vía pública - Lulaa Corado
Jonathan 7: Kate _ Cosey
Christmas Glaser
McCracken Poster
Barolo Concert Poster
Hot Flash Havoc
DogDylan - Daiane FS
Barolo Bootleg cover
Terraloire - Found Typography
Big Apple Film Festival Poster
Loteria cards - Alejandra Salazar
NYT Book Review Cover
Jürgen Wasser's Garage Door
Seculo Illustrado
Where Am I Going With Design - Tiago Esteves
Bob Dylan
CT Glaser
Christina - Unintentional
Unknown (information needed)
Carla Rhodes
Magazine spread
Nation, The, May 2006, USA
Gustav Klimt x Milton Glaser
Flight of the Conchords
Coca Cola Poster
Maryam Naz - Sport Icons
Sigaren uit Kampen
Birthday Boy Theme
You know That I'm No Good
Brighton Festival Poster
MoMA Poster, Milton Glaser style - Heidi Davis
Milton Glaser 1960 Design
Danny 999
CPDF Milton Glaser Event Poster - Brian LaRossa
Poor design
Resting place at Festival - Annemiek Hospers


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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