A freewheelin' time : a memoir of Greenwich Village in the by Suze Rotolo

By Suze Rotolo

“The lady with Bob Dylan at the disguise of Freewheelin’ broke a forty-five-year silence with this affectionate and dignified recalling of a dating doomed by way of Dylan’s starting to be fame.” –UNCUT journal

Suze Rotolo chronicles her coming of age in Greenwich Village throughout the Nineteen Sixties and the early days of the people tune explosion, while Bob Dylan was once discovering his voice and he or she was once his muse.

A shy woman from Queens, Suze used to be the daughter of Italian working-class Communists, starting to be up on the sunrise of the chilly warfare. It was once the age of McCarthy and Suze was once an interloper in her local and in school. She came upon solace in poetry, artwork, and music—and in Greenwich Village, the place she encountered like-minded and politically energetic neighbors. One scorching July day in 1961, Suze met Bob Dylan, then a emerging musician, at a live performance at Riverside Church. She used to be seventeen, he used to be twenty; they have been either vivid, curious, and inseparable. throughout the years they have been jointly, Dylan reworked from an vague folks singer into an uneasy spokesperson for a generation.

A Freewheelin’ Time is a hopeful, intimate memoir of an important circulate at its so much artistic. It captures the thrill of teen, the heartbreak of younger love, and the struggles for a brighter destiny in a time whilst every little thing appeared possible.

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The guy behind the counter showed me the album cover, with a drawing of a truck in the grass and the name John Lee Hooker written across it. I couldn’t wait to take it home and play it for my sister. I bought it and ran up the stairs with my treasure. When John Lee Hooker’s name was announced at Gerde’s no one else seemed to think it was a big deal, but I insisted to everyone around me that they had to listen to him. I don’t remember what he played that night, but the room got quiet when he took the stage.

Usually my sister treated me like a bug she needed to swat away, but life had radically changed a few months previously with the death of our father, and now I was getting some friendly attention. With Carla and my mother, ca. 1959 I had a great time at the party. There was no way to hide in a corner with this group. Right away a few boys headed my way, to my amazement. In school I was another sort of bug, to be avoided by boys and even some of the girls. In contrast, this party was heaven. I felt less like an outsider with these people.

Instead she worked in the Garment District, farther uptown, where the conditions and pay were better. My grandparents did well. Their oldest son, Philip, became an engineer; Frances was an executive secretary (now her title would be executive assistant); and their youngest, Pete, my father, was an artist who won a scholarship to Pratt Institute, unusual in those times for the son of an immigrant family. My father always said that no job is worth doing if it is not worth doing well, and to never undervalue the importance of work.

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