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Remembering Suze Rotolo

March 1, 2011


The young woman on the cover of The Freewheelin Bob Dylan, could have been a friend of mine, could have been my older sister; she was just so familiar looking. She was also on the arm of a folk singer who would become the king of song and voice for his generation, Bob Dylan. It was hard to hear of Suze Rotolo’s death today. Lung cancer. So many back then smoked and the dreaded disease will likely take many more of my generation. I say my generation ever so gingerly as I was only eleven years old in 1963 when Freewheelin’ was released. It would be my brother’s generation, yet Dylan’s influence was felt even at the tender age of eleven. The words resonated. The Beat generation still lingering in his poetical lyrics.

I read her memoirs with great enthusiasm – it did not disappoint.
A Freewheelin’ Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties is available here. Click image to purchase.

From NPR Archive Fresh Air today, rewind: Freewheelin’ Muse

NPR Reports today: Remembering Suze Rotolo

Suze Rotolo, an American artist and author who became famous because of her four-year relationship with Bob Dylan, has died. She was 67.

Rolling Stone has described Rotolo as the muse behind some of Dylan’s classic songs, including “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” In Dylan’s autobiography Chronicles: Volume One, he compares Rotolo to “a Rodin sculpture come to life.”

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