Bob Masse posters for Bob Dylan concerts

Bob Masse has designed four different posters for Bob Dylan concerts – from 1965 to the most recent in in 2005.

The earliest and most valuable of the posters was one that Masse was commissioned to deign for a Dylan acoustic gig at the Q.E. Theatre, Vancouver in 1965.

Dylan was still a complete unknown back then outside of Greenwich Village, New York and Masse had never heard of the young folk singer.

A listing on Vintage Concert Poster Buyer for an apparently original version of Bob Masse's poster for a Dylan concert in Vancouver in 1965

A listing on Vintage Concert Poster Buyer for an apparently original version of Bob Masse’s poster for a Dylan concert in Vancouver in 1965

He made the mistake of spelling Dylan’s name as ‘Dylon’. Like all early original concert posters for Dylan’s early acoustic gigs, it is incredibly hard to find and worth thousands of dollars. One dealer in the U.S. claims to have a copy, which he is selling for $5,000.

In contrast with the early poster, Masse’s style changed dramatically over the years and he has  perfected the bright, colourful, fantasy illustration style that he has become well-known for.

The other three Dylan posters Masse designed follow this technique. They are:

  • The 1999 image for a concert with Paul Simon (of Simon and Garfunkel) at the Meadow Music Theater, Hartford, CT on July 24 1999. This shows an orange-haired woman on an orange pathway.
  • The 2002 concert poster in Stuttgart Germany on April 16, 2002. This shows a graying Dylan in a fedora style white hat surrounded by Masse’s bright illustrations of women, birds and flowers.
  • The 2005 poster for a show at Memorial Centre, Vancouver, BC, on July 17, 2005, which draws inspiration from iconic Milton Glaser psychedelic poster featuring Dylan with a rainbow coming from his hair.

Bob Masse's concert poster for Dylan's show in Stuttgart, Germany,in 2002

Bob Masse’s concert poster for Dylan’s show in Stuttgart, Germany,in 2002

The Bob Masse poster for Dylan's show with Paul Simon in Hartford, CT, in 1999

The Bob Masse poster for Dylan’s show with Paul Simon in Hartford, CT, in 1999

The Bob Masse Dylan poster for Vancouver, BC in 2005

The Bob Masse Dylan poster for Vancouver, BC in 2005

The above three posters are very beautiful, and make a great feature in any Dylan fan’s home or as part of a collection of concert flyers, but even original copies from the shows are not entirely that valuable, and copies with an apparent signature of Masse on, often appear on auction sites for around $30-$50.

Various poster website also sells reproductions for around $30.

The most valuable of all Bob Masse’s Bob Dylan poster’s is the 1965 poster for the concert in Vancouver, but all of them are attractive pieces with a unique style befitting the singer.

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