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A Freewheeling Time ❴Reading❵ ➶ A Freewheeling Time Author Suze Rotolo – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk A Freewheelin’ Time is Suze Rotolo’s firsthand eyewitness participant observer account of the immensely creative and fertile years of the 1960s just before the circus was in full swing and Bob Dyl A Freewheelin’ Time is Suze Rotolo’s firsthand eyewitness participant observer account of the immensely creative and fertile years of the s just before the circus was in full swing and Bob Dylan became the anointed ringmaster It chronicles the back story of Greenwich Village in the early days of the folk music explosion when Dylan was honing his skills and she was in the ring with himA shy girl from ueens Suze Rotolo was the daughter of Italian working class Communists Growing up at the start of the Cold War and during McCarthyism she inevitably became A Freewheeling PDF/EPUB ² an outsider in her neighborhood and at school Her childhood was turbulent but Suze found solace in poetry art and music In Washington Suare Park in Greenwich Village she encountered like minded friends who were also politically active Then one hot day in July Suze met Bob Dylan a rising young musician at a folk concert at Riverside Church She was seventeen he was twenty; they were young curious and inseparable During the years they were together Dylan was transformed from an obscure folk singer into an uneasy spokesperson for a generationSuze Rotolo’s story is rich in character and setting filled with vivid memories of those tumultuous years of dramatic change and poignantly rising expectations when art culture and politics all seemed to be conspiring to bring our country a better freer richer and euitable life She writes of her involvement with the civil rights movement and describes the sometimes frustrating experience of being a woman in a male dominated culture before women’s liberation changed the rules for the better And she tells the wonderfully romantic story of her sweet but sometimes wrenching love affair and its eventual collapse under the pressures of growing fame.

  • 384 pages
  • A Freewheeling Time
  • Suze Rotolo
  • English
  • 21 October 2014

10 thoughts on “A Freewheeling Time

  1. Julie Ehlers Julie Ehlers says:

    A few weeks ago I listened to Blood on the Tracks while making dinner one night It had been years since I'd listened to it all the way through but listening to a great album after years away is always a fantastic experience you're reminded that it's great for a reason It's not just superb art but also a lot of fun to listen to Suddenly I wanted to be reading a book about Bob Dylan I had two in the house A Freewheelin' Time and Positively 4th Street The Lives and Times of Joan Baez Bob Dylan Mimi Baez Fariña and Richard Fariña and A Freewheelin' Time seemed like something my pandemic brain could handleSuze Rotolo is the woman on the cover of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan and was in a serious relationship with Dylan for a few years; her portrayal of Dylan seems honest but as the subtitle implies this memoir is about the whole milieu of the Village in the sixties—the music scene and the activistpolitical scene Rotolo was a visual artist so some time is also spent detailing her years in art school in Italy The writing was uite basic but it was fun to learn about this particular period of US cultural history While I was reading this I also watched Scorsese's 3 hour Dylan documentary No Direction Home over several nights and if you decide to read this book I recommend you do that as well—it was fun and helpful to be able to put faces and voices to the many people the book mentions including Rotolo herself However if i'm being honest it would be just as much fun to watch the documentary and skip the book altogether

  2. Lynx Lynx says:

    As a “red diaper baby” with two Communist parents political activism was built into Suze’s DNA As a young teenager she began hanging out in Greenwich Village with other like minded friends and was soon a fixture at clubs such as Gerdes Folk City The Gaslight Kettle of Fish and The Bitter End Places that launched the careers of many folk singers such as Dave Van Ronk Judy Collins Peter Paul Mary Odetta and of course Bob DylanWhen remembering their first encounter Bob said “I couldn’t take my eyes off her She was the most erotic thing I’d ever seen We started talking and my head started to spin Cupids arrow had whistled past my ears before but this time it hit me in the heart and the weight of it dragged me overboard” Just like that Dylan met his first and most important Muse Bob had only recently moved to NYC from his small town in Minnesota and it was through Suze that he would not only discover many of the poets and writers that would greatly influence his work but also learn about the political issues he would soon be known for writing aboutBut as Dylan began to make a name for himself Suze could feel hers being diminished “All that was offered to a musicians girlfriend in the early 60’s was a role as her boyfriend’s “chick” a string on his guitar In the case of Bob’s rising fame I would be gatekeeper one step closer to an idol People would want to know me just to get closer to him My significance would be based on his greater significance That idea did not entice”But Suze was much than just a string on Dylan’s guitar Or the girl walking down the street with him on the cover of A Freewheelin’ Time In her book she discusses not only their relationship but also gives an insiders look at 60's Greenwich Village and the numerous political issues the were at the forefront of their worldI recently discussed Suze and her amazing life in an episode of my podcast Muses and Stuff Click the link the head to our site our check us out on iTunes

  3. Adrienne Adrienne says:

    I have mixed feelings about this book but overall I liked it On the one hand the writing isn’t stellar and Rotolo bounces all over the place chronologically and thematically I found myself often having to go back and figure out where we were in the time line which isn’t a very accurate term because there is no “line” of time involved here On the other hand this book is extremely valuable for its insight into Bob Dylan Rotolo’s is a uniue perspective on Dylan’s transformation from an unknown musician to the phenomenon he became during the years they were together Who else in the world could tell a better story about that? Nobody If you love Bob Dylan andor the Village Rotolo’s stories are great And if you don’t then why would you read this book in the first place?Maybe one problem is that the book seems to be attempting too much Is it Suze’s story? Dylan’s story? Greenwich Village’s story? The story of the sixties? Obviously they all overlap and each could and should appear in the story of the others but there doesn’t seem to be a clear focus At any given time the focus is on one or another with the others making little “cameos” This lack of focus may have contributed to the overall chaotic feeling of the book One thing is for sure the subtitle of the book “A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties” is not completely representative of the book’s contentsOne thing I found very interesting is that Rotolo mentions several times that she didn’t want to be the “supportive woman behind the great man” She says she wanted to create her own success separate from her role as the musician’s girlfriend But isn’t it ironic that the jobs she did most often were things like building stage props and being in charge of sound or lighting for plays? Even when she was encouraged to be an actress and made callbacks she turned away from it She kind of filled the supportive role even when she was no longer with Bob In the end I gave the book four stars because it is very interesting sometimes you have to skim to find the good stuff but it’s definitely there It offers a uniue look at Bob Dylan and contains some pearls of wisdom and insight about life in general I especially liked how human Dylan appears through Rotolo’s eyes So often he is seen as an enigma a God some untouchable unknowable genius etc But this book shows him as a romantic a heartbroken lover an image conscious artist a sensitive frienda human

  4. Geeta Geeta says:

    I suppose the die hard Dylan fans amongst you will want to read this but so far I'm finding it kind of dull I'm still in the early pages but I'm surprised I'm a huge fan of Joyce Johnson's Minor Characters and Hettie Jones' How I Became Hettie Jones and I was hoping this would be just as good We'll seeUpdate I didn't finish it I had to return it to the library and felt no urgency to finish it by the due date which I think reflects the lack of urgency in both the writing and the story itself Having grown up in NY during the sixties I have a fondness for books that evoke the fifties and sixties when Manhattan was a reasonably interesting place to live I like reading about these lives that were going parallel to mine as if in some separate universe But I found Rotolo's writing syntactically bland and took very little pleasure in her descriptions of place If I ever come across the book again I might give it another shot but only if there's nothing else to read I'm giving it two stars because of content

  5. Ben Ben says:

    So thanks to H and L I managed to get a reviewer's copy of Suze Rotolo's new memoir A Freewheelin' Time and devoured it over the weekend As Todd Haynes says on the back this is a welcome perspective finally the voice of a woman at the epicenter of the 60's folk scene speaking strongly and warmly and passionately about what she saw and what happenedSo what prompted this amazing book? Why after years of silence did she finally open up? In the Acknowledgments section at the end of the book she thanks Jeff Rosen who interviewed her for No Direction Home and says that he opened the door to the past and gently led her through it And so in addition to my deep gratitude to Suze for opening up her life some thanks also goes to Mr RosenShe does an excellent job of describing her childhood her family and life as a red diaper baby in ueens during the 40's and 50's And she's able to weave all of that into her time in the Village her time with Bob and her life after Bob She comes into focus as a real person with a poetic but not naive voice Her descriptions of life as a woman in a circle of artists her frustration at being called a chick and treated like a guitar string on Bob's guitar are amazingly accurate The irony of life for women during Civil Rights being treated as second class even among progressives folksingers artists etc is acutely observedHer personal political journey is fascinatingly told as well from the child of Communists reading The God Who Failed on the subway to her thoughts about repression of artists under both capitalist and communist systems once she visits Prague and CubaThe media is probably going to jump on a few key passages namely the three paragraphs where she describes her pregnancy and subseuent abortion of Bob's child This occurred after she moved out of Bob's West Fourth Street apartment and she was living on Avenue B Some early news reports suggested that she was going to shy away from addressing this directly perhaps saying simply that she lost the child However the copy I have doesn't dodge the issue at all But like other sensitive topics in the book it's handled delicatelyShe describes Dylan upon first meeting him as funny engaging intense and persistent and that those words completely describe him only their order would shift depending on the situation Sharp observations like this are throughout the book she sees and feels keenly then writes it wellThe book is full of great rich stories stolen moments Dylan and Suze going to MOMA to see Guernica How Suze and Terri Thal smoothed out Dylan's theft of Von Ronk's version of Rising Sun The route of their favorite walk home through the village past Zito's bakery for late night breadOther interesting tid bits for Dylan o philes include Ian Tyson giving Dylan pot for the first time Watching Jack Ruby shoot Lee Harvey Oswald on live TV in her Avenue B apartment with Dylan and her sister Carla then going to see Lenny Bruce a few days later hoping he'd have some answers some way to make sense of things and realizing he didn't The way she describes her realization that Baez and Dylan were having an affair and the pain of private events being made public The story of her time in Italy why she went how she felt and excerpts from the often funny very heartfelt letters Dylan sent her while there Stories of her and Dylan's friendships with other Village folks including Dave Von Ronk and wife Terri Noel Stookey Paul Clayton Mell and Lillian Bailey Phil Ochs with cameos by Bill Cosby Woody Allen Odetta and the list goes on Its not perfect by any means sometimes the stories jump around a bit too much or the descriptions are a bit perfunctory or the focus is too much on her ignoring for example her sister's record collection and efforts to promote Bob to Robert Shelton and others described in Heylin's Behind the Shades But that's all understandable its her story after allThe book folds perfectly into Chronicles and Positively Fourth Street providing a counterpoint a fresh voice full of strength and warmth and wisdom It tells a story we haven't heard before but needed to all along

  6. Donna Donna says:

    In her book American Bloomsbury Susan Cheever writes about the amazing proximity in time and place of the great writers and thinkers who came together in Concord Massachusetts in the 19th Century—Emerson Thoreau Hawthorne the Alcotts and others She notes that such “genius clusters” seem to occur regularly throughout history They represent every area of human endeavor including the arts philosophy science politics and social change In A Freewheelin’ Time Suze Rotolo documents just such a phenomenon which occurred in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s The music that came out of that time and place moved and inspired a whole generation—my generation—and significantly changed the worldI was 13 in 1962 when I went to New York for the first time My cousin Glenn gave me some albums by Joan Baez and I was stunned by the power of her voice and words of her songs Later my frame of reference was shaped by the songs of Bob Dylan Paul Stookey Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and many others whose names I didn’t know at the time and probably still don’t I fell in love with the folk music of Peter Paul and Mary Simon and Garfunkle Judy Collins Pete Seeger At the same time—without associating it with the music I loved—I always yearned to see the place with the seemingly magical name of “Greenwich Village” I had a powerful sense of having just missed something but I didn’t know whatSuze Rotolo’s book finally helped me understand the mystiue of that time and place By the time I finally went back to New York and got to visit the famous neighborhood everything had changed It was 1972 and the poets and minstrels had moved on It was August and the temperature and humidity were both in the 90s I saw a man in an overcoat sleeping on the street I was too late I went back to the west coast to a culture I understood and all these years I wondered what I’d missed Now thanks to this remarkably forthright chronicle I know

  7. KOMET KOMET says:

    Suze Rotolo has written a book based in part on her relationship with Bob Dylan as well as one that recaptures the essence of a decade the 1960s that set in train both progressive revolutionary and reactionary forces that transformed the world in ways that affect it to this day Though I was born in the 1960s in fact the same year that the Beatles came to the US my memories of it are largely personal and seen as vignettes and random images as one would find in a photo album So I am thankful for memoirs such as this which help to give me a solid sense of what that time was really like For Rotolo the sixties were an era that spoke a language of inuiry and curiosity and rebelliousness against the stifling and repressive political and social culture of the decade that preceded it The new generation causing all the fuss was not driven by the market we had something to say not something to sell Rotolo shares with the reader much of her early life in ueens as the youngest child of 2 leftist parents her subseuent escape while in her teens following the premature death of her father an artist by training to Greenwich Village where she took in the burgeoning folk music scene and first met Bob Dylan early in 1961 It is a rich fascinating and well told memoir This is a book to be savored and read again when one seeks reaffirmation in the possibility of helping build a open just and better society through artistic expression

  8. Nick Nick says:

    Okay I'm nostalgic about the Sixties I enjoyed this memoir of Greenwich Village in the early 1960's despite the cover photo and Rotolo's well known status as Bob Dylan's girlfriend at the time she writes about so much than Dylan This book covers among other things the Red Scare and its effect on left wing families; the folk revival; experimental theater; the Cuban Revolution and the ban on travel to Cuba; and Rotolo's childhood and early adulthood It's very engaging and near the end she states a truth that needs to be stated now than ever the Sixties wasn't just about sex drugs and rock and roll it was about making a better world

  9. Shannon Bett Shannon Bett says:

    I have to admit I only read this because it was cheap and I wanted to suck what juicy marrow I could about Dylan from it There were a few anecdotes that brought to light the fullness of the DylanRotolo relationship by filling in the gaps left from all the biographies I've read about him However I skimmed through the endless ramblings of Rotolo who through her own words seems stuck in the idea of proving to the rest of the world herself and possibly Dylan that she was than his girlfriend I think this would have been obvious through the telling of her own stories but the beat language and need to justify herself as than his girlfriend took away from her interesting personal history I am glad she told her story and maybe her need to protect Bobby kept her from divuldging the truth and complexity behind their years together or maybe the truth is they weren't as complex as we would like them to be Maybe they were just two teenagers in love during a time of historical significance Either way I think this book will sell simply to those neophyte's hungry for information or insight into the myth the legend and the man that is Bobby Dylan

  10. Cecilia Cecilia says:

    I became fascinated with Bob Dylan then even fascinated with whom he was affiliated I wanted to read Suze Rotolo's memoir to break down the myth of the legendary Dylan; I wanted to see what made him tick I was curious to see what their relationship was like As I read on I began to relate to Suze as a woman understanding her position and the frustrations she dealt with during her time in her relationship in her environment etc I'm not going to lie though I was hoping to find out a little about a Bob Dylan that I didn't know Instead she gives insight into what it was like living in the sixties which many people generations after including myself see as being a magical time and then Dylan naturally flows into the picture He was just part of the sixties environment beforeduring his rise to fameand Greenwich Village being surrounded by the radiating creative energy from artists and musicians that inhabited the areaNow the sixties to me is like a precious artifact behind glass forever someplace I wish I could experience during its prime

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