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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Carla Rhodes
Dylanesque CD cover
Barolo Bootleg cover
Steve Howe - Portraits Of Bob Dylan
Matthew Clarke - Self Portrait
Lotus Glaser
iPhone cover - Camila Marinho
Bob Nobel Glaser
Unknown (information needed)
Out Of My Mind Exhibition Poster
Shakey - Neil Young
Sidney Poney Club - Mat Faint
India Amos - No habit
Marge Glaser-Simpson
Bob Nobel Glaser #2
Dylan - Aline Paciello
Martin Kalfatovic - Dodo Dylan
Pagina 12, March 27 1998, Argentina
Sode no Shirayuki
Bob Dylan And Philosophy
Blackliight Neon Bob
Gustav Klimt x Milton Glaser
Terraloire - Found Typography
DG magazine cover - Courtney Hurrell
Robert Neumark Jones
Glaser Exhibition Invitation
Milton Glaser Directness
Danny 999
Dutch single: If You Gotta Go, Go Now
Based on Glaser
NYT Book Review Cover
Stained Glass Glaser
The movie poster for Ragtime, 1981
Calendar Design 2
Columbia Poster 1974
Evan Kraus
Bob Dylan Canta A Dylan Bootleg
Milton Glaser Bio
Lincoln Center OTPA poster
I Love Beetle - Akshita Chandra
Heather JAcket - Milton Glaser: interior spread 1
Will Bryant -Lessons I learnt
Self Portrait - Huba Mackenzie
The Many Faces of Bob Dylan by Ralph Gleason
Flight of the Conchords
Telerama, April 30 2005, France
Big Apple Film Festival Poster
Sigaren uit Kampen
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art # 2
Maryam Naz - Sport Icons
Bob Dylan In Concerto - Gong 5A/6B (Italy), Mar 1977
Dylan Pech
Christina - Unintentional
Joe the Savage - Very Same Dream
Glaser Smart Phone Case
McCracken Poster
Rolling Stone cover, June 2006, Germany
Matthew Cencich - Milton Montgomery Burns
CPDF Milton Glaser Event Poster - Brian LaRossa
Glaser 80 Años
Queen Logo (stock)
DogDylan - Daiane FS
Mickey (by Dan Beltran)
Sid Vicious
Seymour Chwast
Shuhel Ahmed - Storyboard
Tad Carpenter - Bob Dylan & His Band
Summer of Stein
Design History Book - Katherine Lee
Milton Glaser Cigarette Case
Dylan Dad Dylan
Milton Glaser-Dylan-Napoleon Phoebus Palast
Coca Cola Inspiration poster - Jimmy Mercado
Emily Emerson - Sam
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser (preview)
Mahalia Jackson
Hilary Clinton Campaign Button
The Imitation Game - Neven Udovičić
Milton Glaser T-Shirt
Por Tu Suerte
Funny Shirts dot org
Libera tus pensamientos - Marivi Alcala
Dylan Betz Design
Express, L' - Jul 3 1978, France
Galerija Suvremene
Jonathan 7: Kate _ Cosey
Coca Cola Poster
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser
Ringo Starr Wars
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson - Mo’ Meta Blues
Columbia poster
Prince Pop Art psychedlic portrait
Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Stamp
Milton Glaser Inspired Poster  - Ashley Chubbuck
Another Pinterest
G. Bender
Dylan Dad Dad
Birthday Boy Theme
North Carolina Community College Poster
Tami Impala - Sabrina O'Neil
Zurban, September 3 2000, France


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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