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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Another Pinterest
Milton Glaser Inspired Poster  - Ashley Chubbuck
Sid Vicious
Dutch single: If You Gotta Go, Go Now
Jackraz
Questlove
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser (preview)
Dasein Academy (Pink Floyd variations)
Columbia Poster 1974
Boffdog
Martin Kalfatovic - Dodo Dylan
I Love Beetle - Akshita Chandra
Design History Book - Katherine Lee
Milton Glaser Cigarette Case
Pushpin Studio's
Happy Belated Birthday, Klaus - Not a photographer
Live Music
Terraloire - Found Typography
Women's Right March
Poster in honor of Milton Glaser - Simona Rotella
Brooke Candy 1 - Madeline Kate Design
Coca Cola Poster
Einstein
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art
Danny 999
The Crafted Pixel
Juliana Deslandes - O Bob Dylan de Milton Glaser
Marie-Antoinette
Button
DG magazine cover - Courtney Hurrell
Book Design - Zehra Nawab
Galerija Suvremene
Dive Into Spring
Life Magazine Cover
Book Cover redesign project - Christopher Peters
Stained Glass Glaser
Calendar Design
barbie
Shakeshaft
Grandma playing old vinyl in the attic
Poster inspired by Milton Glaser - Elodie Costa
Iain Hector - Bringin' It All Back Home
Glaser Cigarette Case
The Wiz - 1970 Broadway Poster
Resting place at Festival - Annemiek Hospers
Obama Poster
Shakey - Neil Young
Neymar
Lotus Glaser
Is Graphic Design Art? - Dissertation Poster
Pedro Suarez Vertiz
Sidney Poney Club - Mat Faint
Self Portrait - Huba Mackenzie
Joe the Savage - Very Same Dream
Aubrey Beardsley x Milton Glaser
DogDylan - Daiane FS
Robert Neumark Jones
Bob Dylan Canta A Dylan Bootleg
Dylan Betz Design
Matt
Sigaren uit Kampen
AAF NEPA Paints a 4ft. Peach for a Good Cause.
Tami Impala - Sabrina O'Neil
Pastiche Myself - Gulsah Cevikkalp
Seymour Chwast
Christmas Glaser
A man of design - Grace Shore
India Amos - No habit
Coca Cola Inspiration poster - Jimmy Mercado
Funny Shirts dot org
Based on Glaser
Sode no Shirayuki
Summer of Stein
The movie poster for Ragtime, 1981
Velvet Underground Poster
Elegance
Mickey (by Dan Beltran)
Kevin Frank - Conan o'Brien
Nisha by Svagandr
Morrisey
Nation, The, May 2006, USA
Marge Glaser-Simpson
Prince
Bloomberg Businessweek Poster
Supposed to be draft version
Dylan - Aline Paciello
Jonathan 7: Kate _ Cosey
Pot
Evan Kraus
Bob Dylan And Philosophy
David Bowie - Maia Valenzuela
Brisbane Writers Festival - Jennifer Scodellaro
Bob Nobel Glaser #2
Where Am I Going With Design
Tatoo
Pagina 12, March 27 1998, Argentina
Gadfly, US
Rug
CPDF Milton Glaser Event Poster - Brian LaRossa
Chad Wickert
Majak
Beto Moreira
Emily Emerson - Sam
Inside Dylan's Brain
Prince Pop Art psychedlic portrait
Where Am I Going With Design - Tiago Esteves
Seculo Illustrado
Papier mache sculpture of Dylan in Bob Dylan exhibit in Hibbing town library
Brighton Festival Poster
Libera tus pensamientos - Marivi Alcala
Big Apple Film Festival Poster
Bob Dylan In Concerto - Gong 5A/6B (Italy), Mar 1977
Will Bryant -Lessons I learnt
Milton Glaser Bio
Rolling Stone cover, June 2006, Germany
Columbia poster
David McCune Gallery
NYT Book Review Cover
Matthew Clarke - Self Portrait
MoMA Poster, Milton Glaser style - Heidi Davis

Animations

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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