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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Snoop Dogg
Brisbane Writers Festival - Jennifer Scodellaro
Milton Glaser/Dylan Cookie
Big Apple Film Festival Poster
Hilary Clinton Campaign Button
Various Artists - Mojo: Dylan Covered
Color Me Cluttered - Coloring Book
David Bowie - Maia Valenzuela
G. Bender
Bob Nobel Glaser
Dutch single: If You Gotta Go, Go Now
Seculo Illustrado
Lotus Glaser
India Amos - No habit
Out Of My Mind Exhibition Poster
The Matisyahu Poster - Gillian Drier
Milton Glaser Designer Booklet - Jessica Lanchang
Flight of the Conchords
Bastille - Bad Blood
Poor design
The Crafted Pixel
Joe the Savage - Very Same Dream
Galerija Suvremene
Sid Vicious
Rock, Paper, Ink
Poster inspired by Milton Glaser - Elodie Costa
Resting place at Festival - Annemiek Hospers
Women's Right March
Columbia poster
Donald Trump
Lou Yanez's Guitar Art
Superman - Matt Theodosopoulos
Sode no Shirayuki
Milton Glaser plays Chopin
Seymour Chwast
Dylan Dad Dylan
Milton Glaser Inspired Poster  - Ashley Chubbuck
Tad Carpenter - Bob Dylan & His Band
Ringo Starr Wars
Dylan Pech
Nation, The, May 2006, USA
The Many Faces of Bob Dylan by Ralph Gleason
Gustav Klimt x Milton Glaser
Pipi Langstrumpf - Karen Cuthbert
Based on Glaser
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson - Mo’ Meta Blues
The Imitation Game - Neven Udovičić
You know That I'm No Good
Where Am I Going With Design
Milton Glaser in El Paseo - Denisse Limas
Beto Moreira
Jürgen Wasser's Garage Door
Shuhel Ahmed - Storyboard
Oil painting by ClassicFFL
Columbia Poster 1974
Magazine spread
Barolo Bootleg cover
Inside Dylan's Brain
7Up UnCola
Carla Rhodes
Velvet Underground Poster
Brooke Candy 2 - Madeline Kate Design
Libera tus pensamientos - Marivi Alcala
Emily Emerson - Sam
Bloomberg Businessweek Poster
Glaser Smart Phone Case
Keith Haynes: Bob Dylan a la Milton Glaser
Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Stamp
Lincoln Center OTPA poster
To Inform & Delight
Martin Kalfatovic - Dodo Dylan
Design History Book - Katherine Lee
Dylan Betz Design
Bike Chains and Cable Clips
Milton Glaser Cigarette Case
A man of design - Grace Shore
Golden Roads Woodworks
CT Glaser
Bob Nobel Glaser #2
Christina - Unintentional
South African Airways in-flight magazine Sawubona
Life Magazine Cover
Coca Cola Poster
Birthday Boy Theme
Tami Impala - Sabrina O'Neil
Juliana Deslandes - O Bob Dylan de Milton Glaser
Bob Dylan
Unknown (information needed)
Edward Scissorhands - Jennifer Cristao
Will Bryant -Lessons I learnt
Bob Dylan Block Giant Wall Art Poster
Bernie Saunders
DogDylan - Daiane FS
Gadfly, US
Marge Glaser-Simpson
Where Am I Going With Design - Tiago Esteves
Glaser Exhibition Invitation
Evan Kraus
Jonathan 7: Kate _ Cosey
Dylan Dad Dad
Express, L' - Jul 3 1978, France


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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