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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Summer of Stein
Seymour Chwast
Bob Nobel Glaser
David Bowie - Maia Valenzuela
Milton Glaser Bio
Dutch single: If You Gotta Go, Go Now
Christmas Glaser
NYT Book Review Cover
Dylanesque CD cover
Donald Trump
CPDF Milton Glaser Event Poster - Brian LaRossa
Another Pinterest
Poster inspired by Milton Glaser - Elodie Costa
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson - Mo’ Meta Blues
Steve Howe - Portraits Of Bob Dylan
Glaser Exhibition Invitation
Mahalia Jackson
Rock, Paper, Ink
Grandma playing old vinyl in the attic
Telerama, April 30 2005, France
Brisbane Writers Festival - Jennifer Scodellaro
Pretty On The Outside
Mickey (by Dan Beltran)
Barolo Bootleg cover
Velvet Underground Poster
Hilary Clinton Campaign Button
Beto Moreira
Chad Wickert
Martin Kalfatovic - Dodo Dylan
Bernie Saunders
Terraloire - Found Typography
Barolo Concert Poster
MoMA Poster, Milton Glaser style - Heidi Davis
Afiche de vía pública - Lulaa Corado
Jürgen Wasser's Garage Door
Juliana Deslandes - O Bob Dylan de Milton Glaser
Dasein Academy (Pink Floyd variations)
Will Bryant -Lessons I learnt
John Lennon
Tad Carpenter - Bob Dylan & His Band
Bob Dylan And Philosophy
Sigaren uit Kampen
Supposed to be draft version
Happy Belated Birthday, Klaus - Not a photographer
Carla Rhodes
Out Of My Mind Exhibition Poster
Danny 999
Gadfly, US
Calendar Design 2
DogDylan - Daiane FS
Gustav Klimt x Milton Glaser
Larry David
Milton Glaser Designer Booklet - Jessica Lanchang
Life Magazine Cover
Zurban, September 3 2000, France
Lost In Translation Magazine Page Layout
Maryam Naz - Sport Icons
Columbia Poster 1974
Sid Vicious
Pipi Langstrumpf - Karen Cuthbert
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art # 2
Christina - Unintentional
Dylan Pech
A man of design - Grace Shore
The Many Faces of Bob Dylan by Ralph Gleason
Milton Glaser Directness
Bob Dylan
Women's Right March
Keith Haynes: Bob Dylan a la Milton Glaser
Dylan Betz Design
Queen Logo (stock)
Ringo Starr Wars
Kevin Frank - Conan o'Brien
Coca Cola Inspiration poster - Jimmy Mercado
Golden Roads Woodworks
Dylan Dad Dad
Birthday Boy Theme
To Inform & Delight
Based on Glaser
Pagina 12, March 27 1998, Argentina
You know That I'm No Good
AAF NEPA Paints a 4ft. Peach for a Good Cause.
Blackliight Neon Bob
Resting place at Festival - Annemiek Hospers
Poster in honor of Milton Glaser - Simona Rotella
Stained Glass Glaser
Papier mache sculpture of Dylan in Bob Dylan exhibit in Hibbing town library
Dylan Avond Maassluis
Lincoln Center OTPA poster
I ♥ MG - Brishen VanderKolk
Where Am I Going With Design
Matthew Clarke - Self Portrait
Calendar Design
Glaser Smart Phone Case
7Up UnCola
Shuhel Ahmed - Storyboard
G. Bender
Seculo Illustrado
Brighton Festival Poster
Brooke Candy 1 - Madeline Kate Design
Bob Dylan Canta A Dylan Bootleg
Drag Poster - Rachael Baumgartner
Tami Impala - Sabrina O'Neil
Milton Glaser Cigarette Case
Nisha by Svagandr
Snoop Dogg
Live Music
The Crafted Pixel
CT Glaser


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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