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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Images, etc.

Lotus Glaser
Unknown (information needed)
Life Magazine Cover
Jonathan 7: Kate _ Cosey
Matthew Cencich - Milton Montgomery Burns
Bernie Saunders
Pastiche Myself - Gulsah Cevikkalp
Bob Dylan In Concerto - Gong 5A/6B (Italy), Mar 1977
Pipi Langstrumpf - Karen Cuthbert
Sid Vicious
Glaser Exhibition Invitation
Heather JAcket - Milton Glaser: interior spread 1
Kevin Frank - Conan o'Brien
Maryam Naz - Sport Icons
Bob Dylan
Edward Scissorhands - Jennifer Cristao
Joe the Savage - Very Same Dream
Dive Into Spring
The movie poster for Ragtime, 1981
Milton Glaser in El Paso 2 - Nohema Duran
G. Bender
Sidney Poney Club - Mat Faint
Juliana Deslandes - O Bob Dylan de Milton Glaser
NYT Book Review Cover
The Matisyahu Poster - Gillian Drier
Dylan Dad Dylan
AAF NEPA Paints a 4ft. Peach for a Good Cause.
Self Portrait - Huba Mackenzie
Bob Dylan Block Giant Wall Art Poster
Snoop Dogg
Iain Hector - Bringin' It All Back Home
I Love Beetle - Akshita Chandra
Happy Belated Birthday, Klaus - Not a photographer
India Amos - No habit
Emily Emerson - Sam
Glaser 80 Años
Lincoln Center OTPA poster
Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Stamp
Magazine spread
Bloomberg Businessweek Poster
Dylan - Aline Paciello
Poster inspired by Milton Glaser - Elodie Costa
The Many Faces of Bob Dylan by Ralph Gleason
Tami Impala - Sabrina O'Neil
Bike Chains and Cable Clips
Nisha by Svagandr
Chad Wickert
Christmas Glaser
McCracken Poster
Prince Pop Art psychedlic portrait
Will Bryant -Lessons I learnt
Marge Glaser-Simpson
Bernie Saunders Fundraiser
Dasein Academy (Pink Floyd variations)
The Imitation Game - Neven Udovičić
Carla Rhodes
Dylan Avond Maassluis
Book Design - Zehra Nawab
Terraloire - Found Typography
Rolling Stone cover, november 2005, Italy
Birthday Boy Theme
iPhone cover - Camila Marinho
Color Me Cluttered - Coloring Book
David McCune Gallery
A man of design - Grace Shore
Galerija Suvremene
Bastille - Bad Blood
Christina - Unintentional
Book Cover redesign project - Christopher Peters
Pagina 12, March 27 1998, Argentina
DogDylan - Daiane FS
Blackliight Neon Bob
North Carolina Community College Poster
Based on Glaser
MoMA Poster, Milton Glaser style - Heidi Davis
Live Music
Shakey - Neil Young
Brooke Candy 2 - Madeline Kate Design
Libera tus pensamientos - Marivi Alcala
Various Artists - Mojo: Dylan Covered
Aubrey Beardsley x Milton Glaser
Milton Glaser in El Paseo - Denisse Limas
David Bowie - Maia Valenzuela
To Inform & Delight
Resting place at Festival - Annemiek Hospers
Milton Glaser Cigarette Case
Gadfly, US
Oil painting by ClassicFFL
Calendar Design 2
Drag Poster - Rachael Baumgartner
Por Tu Suerte
Rock, Paper, Ink
Gustav Klimt x Milton Glaser
Lost In Translation Magazine Page Layout
You know That I'm No Good
And In The End
Dylanesque CD cover
Flight of the Conchords
Steve Howe - Portraits Of Bob Dylan
Columbia Poster 1974
Milton Glaser Designer Booklet - Jessica Lanchang
Milton Glaser 1960 Design
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art # 2


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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