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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Coca Cola Inspiration poster - Jimmy Mercado
A man of design - Grace Shore
Self Portrait - Huba Mackenzie
Poster in honor of Milton Glaser - Simona Rotella
Glaser 80 Años
Another Pinterest
India Amos - No habit
Summer of Stein
Bloomberg Businessweek Poster
And In The End
Bob Dylan
Express, L' - Jul 3 1978, France
Galerija Suvremene
David Bowie - Maia Valenzuela
Brisbane Writers Festival - Jennifer Scodellaro
Rolling Stone cover, June 2006, Germany
Milton Glaser Designer Booklet - Jessica Lanchang
Por Tu Suerte
Book Design - Zehra Nawab
Rolling Stone cover, november 2005, Italy
Oil painting by ClassicFFL
Seculo Illustrado
Supposed to be draft version
Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Stamp
Chad Wickert
Milton Glaser Directness
Women's Right March
Live Music
Danny 999
I ♥ MG - Brishen VanderKolk
Bob Dylan In Concerto - Gong 5A/6B (Italy), Mar 1977
Dutch single: If You Gotta Go, Go Now
Sid Vicious
Tad Carpenter - Bob Dylan & His Band
Shakey - Neil Young
Golden Roads Woodworks
Signed Copy
Telerama, April 30 2005, France
Christmas Glaser
Dylan Betz Design
Juliana Deslandes - O Bob Dylan de Milton Glaser
Milton Glaser in El Paseo - Denisse Limas
Funny Shirts dot org
The movie poster for Ragtime, 1981
Pushpin Studio's
The Wiz - 1970 Broadway Poster
Bob Dylan Block Giant Wall Art Poster
Limoni Revolution: A Milton Glaser Dylan Poster rip off
Brooke Candy 1 - Madeline Kate Design
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson - Mo’ Meta Blues
To Inform & Delight
Emily Emerson - Sam
Coca Cola Poster
Kevin Frank - Conan o'Brien
Rock, Paper, Ink
G. Bender
Milton Glaser T-Shirt
Obama Poster
Dasein Academy (Pink Floyd variations)
Drag Poster - Rachael Baumgartner
Book Cover redesign project - Christopher Peters
Dylan Dad Dad
Bob Dylan Canta A Dylan Bootleg
Joe the Savage - Very Same Dream
Blackliight Neon Bob
Dylan Dad Dylan
iPhone cover - Camila Marinho
Evan Kraus
CT Glaser
Tami Impala - Sabrina O'Neil
CPDF Milton Glaser Event Poster - Brian LaRossa
Calendar Design 2
Nation, The, May 2006, USA
Gustav Klimt x Milton Glaser
Milton Glaser plays Chopin
Dylan Avond Maassluis
Bob Dylan And Philosophy
Queen Logo (stock)
Grandma playing old vinyl in the attic
Based on Glaser
Barolo Concert Poster
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser (preview)
South African Airways in-flight magazine Sawubona
Heather Jacket - Everyone's A Critic
Bastille - Bad Blood
Jonathan 7: Kate _ Cosey
DogDylan - Daiane FS
Columbia poster
Birthday Boy Theme
Heather JAcket - Milton Glaser: interior spread 1
Bike Chains and Cable Clips
Matthew Cencich - Milton Montgomery Burns
Pipi Langstrumpf - Karen Cuthbert
The Crafted Pixel
The Matisyahu Poster - Gillian Drier
Dylan - Aline Paciello
Afiche de vía pública - Lulaa Corado
Milton Glaser-Dylan-Napoleon Phoebus Palast
Will Bryant -Lessons I learnt
Bob Nobel Glaser #2
Sigaren uit Kampen
The Many Faces of Bob Dylan by Ralph Gleason
Big Apple Film Festival Poster
Jürgen Wasser's Garage Door
Pretty On The Outside


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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