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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Inside Dylan's Brain
Bastille - Bad Blood
Birthday Boy Theme
Summer of Stein
Pedro Suarez Vertiz
Based on Glaser
Brooke Candy 1 - Madeline Kate Design
Pretty On The Outside
Galerija Suvremene
South African Airways in-flight magazine Sawubona
Heather Jacket - Everyone's A Critic
Live Music
Dylan Dad Dylan
Seymour Chwast
Dylan Avond Maassluis
Milton Glaser 1960 Design
DG magazine cover - Courtney Hurrell
NYT Book Review Cover
McCracken Poster
The Matisyahu Poster - Gillian Drier
To Inform & Delight
Edward Scissorhands - Jennifer Cristao
Zurban, September 3 2000, France
DogDylan - Daiane FS
7Up UnCola
Milton Glaser plays Chopin
T-shirt - AIGA
Rolling Stone cover, June 2006, Germany
Unknown (information needed)
Brighton Festival Poster
Bloomberg Businessweek Poster
The Many Faces of Bob Dylan by Ralph Gleason
Bob Dylan
G. Bender
Stained Glass Glaser
Bob Dylan Canta A Dylan Bootleg
Snoop Dogg
Milton Glaser Designer Booklet - Jessica Lanchang
Milton Glaser Cigarette Case
Seculo Illustrado
Bob Nobel Glaser #2
Glaser Smart Phone Case
Lost In Translation Magazine Page Layout
Marge Glaser-Simpson
Various Artists - Mojo: Dylan Covered
Jonathan 7: Kate _ Cosey
Juliana Deslandes - O Bob Dylan de Milton Glaser
Mickey (by Dan Beltran)
Coca Cola Poster
The movie poster for Ragtime, 1981
Bob Dylan In Concerto - Gong 5A/6B (Italy), Mar 1977
Life Magazine Cover
Shakey - Neil Young
John Lennon
Book Design - Zehra Nawab
Queen Logo (stock)
Afiche de vía pública - Lulaa Corado
You know That I'm No Good
Ringo Starr Wars
Loteria cards - Alejandra Salazar
Christmas Glaser
Poster in honor of Milton Glaser - Simona Rotella
Carla Rhodes
Danny 999
Women's Right March
MoMA Poster, Milton Glaser style - Heidi Davis
Milton Glaser Directness
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson - Mo’ Meta Blues
David Bowie - Maia Valenzuela
Book Cover redesign project - Christopher Peters
Lincoln Center OTPA poster
Pipi Langstrumpf - Karen Cuthbert
Rock, Paper, Ink
Another Pinterest
Hot Flash Havoc
Nation, The, May 2006, USA
Dutch single: If You Gotta Go, Go Now
Maryam Naz - Sport Icons
Bob Dylan And Philosophy
Grandma playing old vinyl in the attic
Big Apple Film Festival Poster
Dylan Pech
Bernie Saunders
Brisbane Writers Festival - Jennifer Scodellaro
Barolo Bootleg cover
CPDF Milton Glaser Event Poster - Brian LaRossa
Obama Poster
Larry David
Dylan - Aline Paciello
Flight of the Conchords
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art # 2
Tami Impala - Sabrina O'Neil
Express, L' - Jul 3 1978, France
Supposed to be draft version
Pagina 12, March 27 1998, Argentina
Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Stamp
India Amos - No habit
Iain Hector - Bringin' It All Back Home
Nisha by Svagandr
Kevin Frank - Conan o'Brien
Sidney Poney Club - Mat Faint
Milton Glaser in El Paseo - Denisse Limas
Glaser Cigarette Case
iPhone cover - Camila Marinho


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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