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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Rolling Stone cover, november 2005, Italy
Columbia poster
Shakey - Neil Young
Heather Jacket - Everyone's A Critic
Marge Glaser-Simpson
Rock, Paper, Ink
Brooke Candy 1 - Madeline Kate Design
Bike Chains and Cable Clips
Bob Dylan Block Giant Wall Art Poster
Zurban, September 3 2000, France
Kevin Frank - Conan o'Brien
Sigaren uit Kampen
Rolling Stone cover, June 2006, Germany
Dylan Pech
David Bowie - Maia Valenzuela
Magazine spread
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art
Velvet Underground Poster
Barolo Bootleg cover
Summer of Stein
Martin Kalfatovic - Dodo Dylan
I Love Beetle - Akshita Chandra
Lotus Glaser
Sidney Poney Club - Mat Faint
Calendar Design 2
And In The End
Bernie Saunders
Christmas Glaser
Danny 999
You know That I'm No Good
Another Pinterest
Limoni Revolution: A Milton Glaser Dylan Poster rip off
Milton Glaser Directness
Sode no Shirayuki
Robert Neumark Jones
Express, L' - Jul 3 1978, France
John Lennon
I ♥ MG - Brishen VanderKolk
Obama Poster
Calendar Design
Ringo Starr Wars
AAF NEPA Paints a 4ft. Peach for a Good Cause.
Mahalia Jackson
Brisbane Writers Festival - Jennifer Scodellaro
Flight of the Conchords
Lincoln Center OTPA poster
Design History Book - Katherine Lee
Gadfly, US
Hot Flash Havoc
A man of design - Grace Shore
Poor design
Galerija Suvremene
India Amos - No habit
Barolo Concert Poster
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser
Coca Cola Inspiration poster - Jimmy Mercado
Queen Logo (stock)
Where Am I Going With Design - Tiago Esteves
Milton Glaser in El Paso 2 - Nohema Duran
Book Cover redesign project - Christopher Peters
Superman - Matt Theodosopoulos
Unknown (information needed)
Hilary Clinton Campaign Button
Jonathan 7: Kate _ Cosey
Poster inspired by Milton Glaser - Elodie Costa
Seymour Chwast
Dylan Avond Maassluis
The Many Faces of Bob Dylan by Ralph Gleason
Glaser 80 Años
Dylan Dad Dad
Terraloire - Found Typography
Libera tus pensamientos - Marivi Alcala
Bob Dylan In Concerto - Gong 5A/6B (Italy), Mar 1977
Women's Right March
Carla Rhodes
7Up UnCola
Beto Moreira
Joe the Savage - Very Same Dream
The Matisyahu Poster - Gillian Drier
Emily Emerson - Sam
Dasein Academy (Pink Floyd variations)
Afiche de vía pública - Lulaa Corado
Christina - Unintentional
Supposed to be draft version
CT Glaser
Grandma playing old vinyl in the attic
Gustav Klimt x Milton Glaser
Book Design - Zehra Nawab
Coca Cola Poster
Papier mache sculpture of Dylan in Bob Dylan exhibit in Hibbing town library
Where Am I Going With Design
Pushpin Studio's
Dive Into Spring
To Inform & Delight
Milton Glaser plays Chopin
Blackliight Neon Bob
Signed Copy
NYT Book Review Cover
Juliana Deslandes - O Bob Dylan de Milton Glaser
Tami Impala - Sabrina O'Neil
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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