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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Donald Trump
Inside Dylan's Brain
And In The End
Por Tu Suerte
Calendar Design
Supposed to be draft version
Bob Dylan Block Giant Wall Art Poster
Afiche de vía pública - Lulaa Corado
Mickey (by Dan Beltran)
Dylan Betz Design
Nation, The, May 2006, USA
Barolo Bootleg cover
Magazine spread
Rolling Stone cover, June 2006, Germany
NYT Book Review Cover
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson - Mo’ Meta Blues
Pushpin Studio's
Poor design
David McCune Gallery
Jürgen Wasser's Garage Door
Iain Hector - Bringin' It All Back Home
Pastiche Myself - Gulsah Cevikkalp
South African Airways in-flight magazine Sawubona
Milton Glaser Designer Booklet - Jessica Lanchang
Prince Pop Art psychedlic portrait
Heather JAcket - Milton Glaser: interior spread 1
Mahalia Jackson
CT Glaser
Happy Belated Birthday, Klaus - Not a photographer
Pagina 12, March 27 1998, Argentina
Express, L' - Jul 3 1978, France
Evan Kraus
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser
Larry David
Where Am I Going With Design - Tiago Esteves
Hot Flash Havoc
Milton Glaser in El Paseo - Denisse Limas
Another Pinterest
Dylan Dad Dylan
Bob Dylan Canta A Dylan Bootleg
Bob Nobel Glaser
The Imitation Game - Neven Udovičić
DogDylan - Daiane FS
MoMA Poster, Milton Glaser style - Heidi Davis
Brisbane Writers Festival - Jennifer Scodellaro
Lotus Glaser
Pedro Suarez Vertiz
Milton Glaser/Dylan Cookie
John Lennon
Maryam Naz - Sport Icons
Coca Cola Poster
Aubrey Beardsley x Milton Glaser
David Bowie - Maia Valenzuela
India Amos - No habit
Heather Jacket - Everyone's A Critic
CPDF Milton Glaser Event Poster - Brian LaRossa
Golden Roads Woodworks
Barolo Concert Poster
Milton Glaser plays Chopin
Bob Dylan And Philosophy
Queen Logo (stock)
Gadfly, US
G. Bender
Papier mache sculpture of Dylan in Bob Dylan exhibit in Hibbing town library
Matthew Clarke - Self Portrait
Christmas Glaser
Sid Vicious
Steve Howe - Portraits Of Bob Dylan
Beto Moreira
Tami Impala - Sabrina O'Neil
Sode no Shirayuki
Hilary Clinton Campaign Button
Dylan - Aline Paciello
The movie poster for Ragtime, 1981
Seymour Chwast
The Crafted Pixel
Martin Kalfatovic - Dodo Dylan
Rock, Paper, Ink
T-shirt - AIGA
Dutch single: If You Gotta Go, Go Now
Edward Scissorhands - Jennifer Cristao
Shakey - Neil Young
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art # 2
AAF NEPA Paints a 4ft. Peach for a Good Cause.
Dylan Pech
Milton Glaser T-Shirt
Columbia Poster 1974
Will Bryant -Lessons I learnt
Shuhel Ahmed - Storyboard
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art
Gustav Klimt x Milton Glaser
Robert Neumark Jones
Women's Right March
Summer of Stein
Calendar Design 2
Book Design - Zehra Nawab
Milton Glaser Bio
Velvet Underground Poster
Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Stamp
Signed Copy
Poster inspired by Milton Glaser - Elodie Costa


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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