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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Dutch single: If You Gotta Go, Go Now
Columbia poster
Limoni Revolution: A Milton Glaser Dylan Poster rip off
Christina - Unintentional
Self Portrait - Huba Mackenzie
Coca Cola Poster
Steve Howe - Portraits Of Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan Canta A Dylan Bootleg
Matthew Cencich - Milton Montgomery Burns
Poor design
Afiche de vía pública - Lulaa Corado
Dylanesque CD cover
Happy Belated Birthday, Klaus - Not a photographer
Glaser 80 Años
Where Am I Going With Design
NYT Book Review Cover
Resting place at Festival - Annemiek Hospers
Jürgen Wasser's Garage Door
Ringo Starr Wars
Velvet Underground Poster
Jonathan 7: Kate _ Cosey
Unknown (information needed)
Bloomberg Businessweek Poster
McCracken Poster
Grandma playing old vinyl in the attic
Summer of Stein
Bob Nobel Glaser #2
Shuhel Ahmed - Storyboard
Iain Hector - Bringin' It All Back Home
Express, L' - Jul 3 1978, France
Pedro Suarez Vertiz
Book Cover redesign project - Christopher Peters
7Up UnCola
MoMA Poster, Milton Glaser style - Heidi Davis
iPhone cover - Camila Marinho
Brighton Festival Poster
Libera tus pensamientos - Marivi Alcala
Keith Haynes: Bob Dylan a la Milton Glaser
Evan Kraus
Milton Glaser plays Chopin
Milton Glaser-Dylan-Napoleon Phoebus Palast
Christmas Glaser
Pastiche Myself - Gulsah Cevikkalp
Oil painting by ClassicFFL
Nisha by Svagandr
Superman - Matt Theodosopoulos
Bob Dylan In Concerto - Gong 5A/6B (Italy), Mar 1977
Brisbane Writers Festival - Jennifer Scodellaro
Milton Glaser in El Paso 2 - Nohema Duran
Barolo Bootleg cover
The Wiz - 1970 Broadway Poster
Coca Cola Inspiration poster - Jimmy Mercado
Milton Glaser in El Paseo - Denisse Limas
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser
Brooke Candy 2 - Madeline Kate Design
Calendar Design 2
Golden Roads Woodworks
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser (preview)
Dive Into Spring
Bob Dylan Block Giant Wall Art Poster
A man of design - Grace Shore
Color Me Cluttered - Coloring Book
The movie poster for Ragtime, 1981
Obama Poster
Dasein Academy (Pink Floyd variations)
Mickey (by Dan Beltran)
Glaser Exhibition Invitation
Seymour Chwast
Loteria cards - Alejandra Salazar
Big Apple Film Festival Poster
Joe the Savage - Very Same Dream
Glaser Cigarette Case
Stained Glass Glaser
Tami Impala - Sabrina O'Neil
Dylan Dad Dylan
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art
Donald Trump
Telerama, April 30 2005, France
G. Bender
Funny Shirts dot org
Hilary Clinton Campaign Button
The Imitation Game - Neven Udovičić
Larry David
The Many Faces of Bob Dylan by Ralph Gleason
Matthew Clarke - Self Portrait
Danny 999
Birthday Boy Theme
I Love Beetle - Akshita Chandra
Carla Rhodes
Out Of My Mind Exhibition Poster
Women's Right March
Terraloire - Found Typography
Flight of the Conchords
Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Stamp
Nation, The, May 2006, USA
Where Am I Going With Design - Tiago Esteves
Gustav Klimt x Milton Glaser
Shakey - Neil Young
South African Airways in-flight magazine Sawubona
Dylan Dad Dad
Kevin Frank - Conan o'Brien
Lotus Glaser
Rolling Stone cover, november 2005, Italy
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson - Mo’ Meta Blues


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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