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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Poster in honor of Milton Glaser - Simona Rotella
Milton Glaser Designer Booklet - Jessica Lanchang
DogDylan - Daiane FS
North Carolina Community College Poster
The Wiz - 1970 Broadway Poster
Brighton Festival Poster
Happy Belated Birthday, Klaus - Not a photographer
Design History Book - Katherine Lee
Out Of My Mind Exhibition Poster
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art
Heather Jacket - Everyone's A Critic
Mahalia Jackson
Juliana Deslandes - O Bob Dylan de Milton Glaser
Book Cover redesign project - Christopher Peters
Color Me Cluttered - Coloring Book
Christmas Glaser
Milton Glaser in El Paso 2 - Nohema Duran
Bob Nobel Glaser
Marge Glaser-Simpson
Where Am I Going With Design
Christina - Unintentional
Emily Emerson - Sam
Women's Right March
Sode no Shirayuki
Coca Cola Poster
Pedro Suarez Vertiz
Nation, The, May 2006, USA
The Matisyahu Poster - Gillian Drier
Aubrey Beardsley x Milton Glaser
Zurban, September 3 2000, France
Superman - Matt Theodosopoulos
Snoop Dogg
Is Graphic Design Art? - Dissertation Poster
Calendar Design 2
Milton Glaser in El Paseo - Denisse Limas
Bob Dylan In Concerto - Gong 5A/6B (Italy), Mar 1977
Gustav Klimt x Milton Glaser
Tami Impala - Sabrina O'Neil
Bastille - Bad Blood
Beto Moreira
Funny Shirts dot org
Libera tus pensamientos - Marivi Alcala
Stained Glass Glaser
Inside Dylan's Brain
Book Design - Zehra Nawab
Papier mache sculpture of Dylan in Bob Dylan exhibit in Hibbing town library
Iain Hector - Bringin' It All Back Home
Golden Roads Woodworks
Limoni Revolution: A Milton Glaser Dylan Poster rip off
Terraloire - Found Typography
To Inform & Delight
Bob Dylan And Philosophy
Steve Howe - Portraits Of Bob Dylan
Milton Glaser Bio
Shakey - Neil Young
Brooke Candy 1 - Madeline Kate Design
Big Apple Film Festival Poster
Telerama, April 30 2005, France
I ♥ MG - Brishen VanderKolk
Self Portrait - Huba Mackenzie
Lotus Glaser
Calendar Design
Evan Kraus
Dylan Pech
Mickey (by Dan Beltran)
Poster inspired by Milton Glaser - Elodie Costa
Keith Haynes: Bob Dylan a la Milton Glaser
AAF NEPA Paints a 4ft. Peach for a Good Cause.
The Imitation Game - Neven Udovičić
Rock, Paper, Ink
Chad Wickert
DG magazine cover - Courtney Hurrell
Columbia poster
Donald Trump
Barolo Bootleg cover
Maryam Naz - Sport Icons
The movie poster for Ragtime, 1981
CT Glaser
Glaser Exhibition Invitation
Ringo Starr Wars
Lincoln Center OTPA poster
Columbia Poster 1974
Bob Dylan Canta A Dylan Bootleg
Robert Neumark Jones
Where Am I Going With Design - Tiago Esteves
Pushpin Studio's
Grandma playing old vinyl in the attic
Dylan - Aline Paciello
You know That I'm No Good
Bike Chains and Cable Clips
Express, L' - Jul 3 1978, France
G. Bender
Supposed to be draft version
Another Pinterest
Birthday Boy Theme
Carla Rhodes
Glaser Smart Phone Case
iPhone cover - Camila Marinho
Dylan Dad Dylan
David McCune Gallery
McCracken Poster
Dylan Dad Dad
Life Magazine Cover


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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