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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Tad Carpenter - Bob Dylan & His Band
Big Apple Film Festival Poster
Dylanesque CD cover
AAF NEPA Paints a 4ft. Peach for a Good Cause.
Women's Right March
Keith Haynes: Bob Dylan a la Milton Glaser
Papier mache sculpture of Dylan in Bob Dylan exhibit in Hibbing town library
Blackliight Neon Bob
To Inform & Delight
Glaser Exhibition Invitation
Dylan Pech
CPDF Milton Glaser Event Poster - Brian LaRossa
Carla Rhodes
Gustav Klimt x Milton Glaser
The Imitation Game - Neven Udovičić
Life Magazine Cover
CT Glaser
Shuhel Ahmed - Storyboard
T-shirt - AIGA
Birthday Boy Theme
Bloomberg Businessweek Poster
Telerama, April 30 2005, France
Bob Nobel Glaser
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser
Por Tu Suerte
Bike Chains and Cable Clips
Juliana Deslandes - O Bob Dylan de Milton Glaser
Barolo Bootleg cover
Seculo Illustrado
Milton Glaser plays Chopin
Snoop Dogg
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser (preview)
Express, L' - Jul 3 1978, France
Milton Glaser Designer Booklet - Jessica Lanchang
Summer of Stein
Rolling Stone cover, June 2006, Germany
Where Am I Going With Design
Bastille - Bad Blood
Design History Book - Katherine Lee
India Amos - No habit
Pushpin Studio's
Milton Glaser T-Shirt
Pagina 12, March 27 1998, Argentina
Milton Glaser Directness
Nisha by Svagandr
Afiche de vía pública - Lulaa Corado
The Crafted Pixel
Bob Dylan Canta A Dylan Bootleg
Glaser Smart Phone Case
Dylan - Aline Paciello
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson - Mo’ Meta Blues
Sidney Poney Club - Mat Faint
Is Graphic Design Art? - Dissertation Poster
Libera tus pensamientos - Marivi Alcala
Marge Glaser-Simpson
Iain Hector - Bringin' It All Back Home
Christina - Unintentional
Pastiche Myself - Gulsah Cevikkalp
7Up UnCola
Dylan Dad Dylan
Terraloire - Found Typography
Color Me Cluttered - Coloring Book
David Bowie - Maia Valenzuela
Out Of My Mind Exhibition Poster
Rock, Paper, Ink
And In The End
Coca Cola Inspiration poster - Jimmy Mercado
Heather Jacket - Everyone's A Critic
Gadfly, US
Bob Nobel Glaser #2
Poor design
Dylan Betz Design
Inside Dylan's Brain
Calendar Design
Bob Dylan
Steve Howe - Portraits Of Bob Dylan
Funny Shirts dot org
Queen Logo (stock)
Oil painting by ClassicFFL
Live Music
Book Cover redesign project - Christopher Peters
Dive Into Spring
Stained Glass Glaser
iPhone cover - Camila Marinho
A man of design - Grace Shore
Flight of the Conchords
Matthew Clarke - Self Portrait
Ringo Starr Wars
Bob Dylan In Concerto - Gong 5A/6B (Italy), Mar 1977
Various Artists - Mojo: Dylan Covered
Aubrey Beardsley x Milton Glaser
Martin Kalfatovic - Dodo Dylan
Sode no Shirayuki
Joe the Savage - Very Same Dream
Columbia Poster 1974
Seymour Chwast
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art
Bernie Saunders
South African Airways in-flight magazine Sawubona
The Many Faces of Bob Dylan by Ralph Gleason
Will Bryant -Lessons I learnt
Lotus Glaser
Milton Glaser-Dylan-Napoleon Phoebus Palast
Hilary Clinton Campaign Button
Dylan Dad Dad


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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