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.

Matthew Cencich - Milton Montgomery Burns
CPDF Milton Glaser Event Poster - Brian LaRossa
Milton Glaser Cigarette Case
Keith Haynes: Bob Dylan a la Milton Glaser
Kevin Frank - Conan o'Brien
The Imitation Game - Neven Udovičić
Stained Glass Glaser
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser
Galerija Suvremene
Dutch single: If You Gotta Go, Go Now
Signed Copy
Terraloire - Found Typography
Oil painting by ClassicFFL
Beto Moreira
Brighton Festival Poster
Coca Cola Poster
Nation, The, May 2006, USA
Chad Wickert
The Matisyahu Poster - Gillian Drier
Telerama, April 30 2005, France
Martin Kalfatovic - Dodo Dylan
Pagina 12, March 27 1998, Argentina
Book Design - Zehra Nawab
Birthday Boy Theme
Gustav Klimt x Milton Glaser
Brisbane Writers Festival - Jennifer Scodellaro
Ringo Starr Wars
Marge Glaser-Simpson
Rolling Stone cover, June 2006, Germany
The Crafted Pixel
CT Glaser
I ♥ MG - Brishen VanderKolk
Is Graphic Design Art? - Dissertation Poster
Bob Dylan Block Giant Wall Art Poster
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art
Sid Vicious
Bob Nobel Glaser
Carla Rhodes
Milton Glaser plays Chopin
T-shirt - AIGA
7Up UnCola
Robert Neumark Jones
Pipi Langstrumpf - Karen Cuthbert
Shuhel Ahmed - Storyboard
Milton Glaser T-Shirt
Where Am I Going With Design - Tiago Esteves
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art # 2
Hilary Clinton Campaign Button
Loteria cards - Alejandra Salazar
South African Airways in-flight magazine Sawubona
Emily Emerson - Sam
Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Stamp
Calendar Design 2
Calendar Design
Christmas Glaser
Inside Dylan's Brain
North Carolina Community College Poster
Afiche de vía pública - Lulaa Corado
Self Portrait - Huba Mackenzie
Evan Kraus
Prince Pop Art psychedlic portrait
Sidney Poney Club - Mat Faint
Blackliight Neon Bob
Donald Trump
Dylan Betz Design
David McCune Gallery
Summer of Stein
Limoni Revolution: A Milton Glaser Dylan Poster rip off
Heather JAcket - Milton Glaser: interior spread 1
Dylan Pech
You know That I'm No Good
Golden Roads Woodworks
Lotus Glaser
Coca Cola Inspiration poster - Jimmy Mercado
Dive Into Spring
I Love Beetle - Akshita Chandra
Glaser Smart Phone Case
Dylan - Aline Paciello
Pushpin Studio's
Big Apple Film Festival Poster
Women's Right March
Resting place at Festival - Annemiek Hospers
Grandma playing old vinyl in the attic
Seymour Chwast
AAF NEPA Paints a 4ft. Peach for a Good Cause.
Magazine spread
A man of design - Grace Shore
Another Pinterest
Bob Dylan And Philosophy
Aubrey Beardsley x Milton Glaser
G. Bender
Heather Jacket - Everyone's A Critic
Zurban, September 3 2000, France
Barolo Concert Poster
MoMA Poster, Milton Glaser style - Heidi Davis
NYT Book Review Cover
Milton Glaser Inspired Poster  - Ashley Chubbuck
John Lennon


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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