Recently Steven Heller wrote of Glaser’s Ghosts, on how Milton’s Marcel Duchamp-inspired 1966 Bob Dylan poster has spawned myriad parodies, homages and rip offs. He earlier covered the history of the iconic image here. I also traced the origins of Glaser’s poster in a previous article. There is yet another legacy to the 50 year old poster that was included as added value in Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits, and that is how the recent Nobel Prize winner’s profile is perhaps the most utilized and most recognizable in modern history:
Ironically Dylan did not like Glaser’s portrait, first as the cover of a book and later as the aforementioned poster. Whether his opinion has changed over time remains to be seen but there is no question that his profile has sported several of his albums since. It has also appeared on a multitude of posters and book covers over the years, including many authorized tour posters. In addition it has been interpreted over time by other renowned illustrators, including Paul Davis, Stephen Alcorn and the late Rick Griffin.
Congratulations to Dylan on his Nobel Prize and to Glaser on his lasting influence. Both are recipients of awards by President Obama: The Presidential Medal of Freedom and The National Medal of Arts, respectively.
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