A Freewheelin' Time (Magill's Literary Annual 2009)
In a relaxed, conversational writing style, Suze Rotolo, in A Freewheelin’ Time, reminisces about her place in the history of the turbulent 1960’s and her part in the Bob Dylan saga. The vibrant Rotolo was Dylan’s girlfriend after his move to New York City. Born in the borough of Queens, New York City, in 1943, she was the daughter of radical parents, and she became famous for being pictured with Dylan on the cover of his groundbreaking 1963 album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. Some of Dylan’s early landmark songs are found on this album, including “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” and “Masters of War.” Rotolo was surprised to find that the photograph of them as a couple was ultimately used for the cover.
Their relationship began as two people who inspired each other. Unfortunately, Dylan became a larger-than-life figure, impossible to deal with. Rotolo had “trouble talking or reminiscing about the 1960’s” because of Dylan, stating that he was “an elephant in the room of my life.” When they first met, she was seventeen and Dylan was twenty. He had come to New York to work on his music and to meet the legendary American singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie. While this memoir is most certainly the story of Rotolo and Dylan, it is also a love story about place and time. Greenwich Village of the early 1960’s was where creative people from all over found their way and where artists, poets, and...
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