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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Limoni Revolution: A Milton Glaser Dylan Poster rip off
Christmas Glaser
Funny Shirts dot org
Is Graphic Design Art? - Dissertation Poster
Brooke Candy 2 - Madeline Kate Design
CPDF Milton Glaser Event Poster - Brian LaRossa
The movie poster for Ragtime, 1981
Out Of My Mind Exhibition Poster
Flight of the Conchords
Milton Glaser in El Paseo - Denisse Limas
Rolling Stone cover, november 2005, Italy
DG magazine cover - Courtney Hurrell
Pedro Suarez Vertiz
Dylan Betz Design
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art # 2
Magazine spread
Dylan Dad Dylan
Mickey (by Dan Beltran)
Marge Glaser-Simpson
Papier mache sculpture of Dylan in Bob Dylan exhibit in Hibbing town library
Birthday Boy Theme
Stained Glass Glaser
Emily Emerson - Sam
Another Pinterest
Bob Dylan Canta A Dylan Bootleg
Seculo Illustrado
Color Me Cluttered - Coloring Book
A man of design - Grace Shore
Dylan - Aline Paciello
Milton Glaser T-Shirt
The Wiz - 1970 Broadway Poster
Signed Copy
AAF NEPA Paints a 4ft. Peach for a Good Cause.
Based on Glaser
Pagina 12, March 27 1998, Argentina
Telerama, April 30 2005, France
I Love Beetle - Akshita Chandra
Terraloire - Found Typography
Sidney Poney Club - Mat Faint
Big Apple Film Festival Poster
The Imitation Game - Neven Udovičić
Shakey - Neil Young
Bernie Saunders
Self Portrait - Huba Mackenzie
Milton Glaser Inspired Poster  - Ashley Chubbuck
Book Cover redesign project - Christopher Peters
Velvet Underground Poster
Joe the Savage - Very Same Dream
G. Bender
Christina - Unintentional
Coca Cola Inspiration poster - Jimmy Mercado
Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Stamp
Dylan Pech
You know That I'm No Good
Brooke Candy 1 - Madeline Kate Design
Blackliight Neon Bob
Golden Roads Woodworks
Hilary Clinton Campaign Button
Jürgen Wasser's Garage Door
Milton Glaser/Dylan Cookie
Bob Dylan
Matthew Clarke - Self Portrait
Poster in honor of Milton Glaser - Simona Rotella
And In The End
Unknown (information needed)
Sode no Shirayuki
Martin Kalfatovic - Dodo Dylan
North Carolina Community College Poster
Bike Chains and Cable Clips
Rolling Stone cover, June 2006, Germany
Pastiche Myself - Gulsah Cevikkalp
Aubrey Beardsley x Milton Glaser
Grandma playing old vinyl in the attic
Tami Impala - Sabrina O'Neil
Will Bryant -Lessons I learnt
Nation, The, May 2006, USA
McCracken Poster
Dylanesque CD cover
Ringo Starr Wars
Glaser 80 Años
Milton Glaser Directness
Snoop Dogg
Dylan Dad Dad
Glaser Cigarette Case
The Matisyahu Poster - Gillian Drier
David McCune Gallery
Larry David
Live Music
Where Am I Going With Design
Milton Glaser plays Chopin
Lincoln Center OTPA poster
7Up UnCola
Happy Belated Birthday, Klaus - Not a photographer
Dylan Avond Maassluis
Bob Dylan In Concerto - Gong 5A/6B (Italy), Mar 1977
Coca Cola Poster
Book Design - Zehra Nawab
Design History Book - Katherine Lee
David Bowie - Maia Valenzuela
Poor design
Gadfly, US
Obama Poster
Keith Haynes: Bob Dylan a la Milton Glaser
Seymour Chwast
Dive Into Spring


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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