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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The movie poster for Ragtime, 1981
Golden Roads Woodworks
Superman - Matt Theodosopoulos
Sode no Shirayuki
Glaser Cigarette Case
Emily Emerson - Sam
NYT Book Review Cover
Brooke Candy 1 - Madeline Kate Design
Milton Glaser T-Shirt
Shuhel Ahmed - Storyboard
Bob Dylan Canta A Dylan Bootleg
MoMA Poster, Milton Glaser style - Heidi Davis
Magazine spread
Heather JAcket - Milton Glaser: interior spread 1
Various Artists - Mojo: Dylan Covered
Is Graphic Design Art? - Dissertation Poster
Por Tu Suerte
Milton Glaser Bio
Hilary Clinton Campaign Button
Where Am I Going With Design
Live Music
Heather Jacket - Everyone's A Critic
Edward Scissorhands - Jennifer Cristao
Dylan Pech
John Lennon
Happy Belated Birthday, Klaus - Not a photographer
North Carolina Community College Poster
iPhone cover - Camila Marinho
Stained Glass Glaser
Sid Vicious
Bastille - Bad Blood
Matthew Cencich - Milton Montgomery Burns
Dylan Betz Design
Milton Glaser Directness
Bike Chains and Cable Clips
South African Airways in-flight magazine Sawubona
DogDylan - Daiane FS
Bob Dylan And Philosophy
G. Bender
Milton Glaser plays Chopin
Poor design
Dutch single: If You Gotta Go, Go Now
The Wiz - 1970 Broadway Poster
Supposed to be draft version
Gadfly, US
7Up UnCola
Tad Carpenter - Bob Dylan & His Band
Dylan Avond Maassluis
Big Apple Film Festival Poster
Summer of Stein
Milton Glaser Inspired Poster  - Ashley Chubbuck
Signed Copy
Milton Glaser in El Paso 2 - Nohema Duran
Pipi Langstrumpf - Karen Cuthbert
India Amos - No habit
Danny 999
Pagina 12, March 27 1998, Argentina
Unknown (information needed)
Hot Flash Havoc
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art # 2
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser (preview)
Pastiche Myself - Gulsah Cevikkalp
Larry David
Seculo Illustrado
Snoop Dogg
The Many Faces of Bob Dylan by Ralph Gleason
AAF NEPA Paints a 4ft. Peach for a Good Cause.
Poster inspired by Milton Glaser - Elodie Costa
Carla Rhodes
Lincoln Center OTPA poster
Joe the Savage - Very Same Dream
Milton Glaser in El Paseo - Denisse Limas
Chad Wickert
Loteria cards - Alejandra Salazar
Rock, Paper, Ink
Drag Poster - Rachael Baumgartner
Terraloire - Found Typography
Bloomberg Businessweek Poster
T-shirt - AIGA
Iain Hector - Bringin' It All Back Home
Calendar Design 2
CPDF Milton Glaser Event Poster - Brian LaRossa
Milton Glaser-Dylan-Napoleon Phoebus Palast
Sidney Poney Club - Mat Faint
Marge Glaser-Simpson
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson - Mo’ Meta Blues
Columbia poster
Steve Howe - Portraits Of Bob Dylan
Milton Glaser 1960 Design
Bernie Saunders
Shakey - Neil Young
Seymour Chwast
The Matisyahu Poster - Gillian Drier
Limoni Revolution: A Milton Glaser Dylan Poster rip off
Beto Moreira
Dylan Dad Dad
Based on Glaser
Poster in honor of Milton Glaser - Simona Rotella
Brisbane Writers Festival - Jennifer Scodellaro
Milton Glaser Cigarette Case
Brighton Festival Poster
Bob Nobel Glaser
A man of design - Grace Shore


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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