Suze Rotolo
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Suze Rotolo
Susan Elizabeth Rotolo, known as Suze Rotolo, was an American artist, but is perhaps best known as Bob Dylan's girlfriend between 1961 and 1964 and a strong influence on his music. She is the woman walking with him on the cover of his album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, a ground-breaking street image by the CBS studio photographer, Don Hunstein.
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The Political Bob Dylan
Huffington Post - 9 months
Folksinger Joan Baez sang Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changing" at a Bernie Sanders rally in San Jose last week. Nobody knows what Dylan thinks of the current political scene because he turned his back on politics many years ago. But it doesn't matter what Dylan -- who turned 75 this week -- thinks because his music has a life of its own. It resonates with today's young activists just as it inspired their counterparts in the 1960s. When the makers of Hollywood movies, documentary films, or TV news programs want to evoke the spirit of the 1960s, they typically show clips of long-haired hippies dancing at a festival, protestors marching at an antiwar rally, or students sitting-in at a lunch counter, with one of Dylan's songs--"Blowin' in the Wind" or "The Times They Are a-Changin'"--playing in the background. Since he emerged on the music since in 1961, Dylan has gone through many personal, religious, and artistic transformations. But journalists and historians still tr ...
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An excerpt: Four Strong Winds: Ian & Sylvia Tyson - Globe and Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Now, for the first time, Winnipeg music historian John Einarson produces an authorized biography of the iconic duo, drawing on recollections of theirs as well as those of contemporaries such as the late Suze Rotolo, Bob Dylan's girlfriend (pictured on
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Ian and Sylvia's musical journey - Winnipeg Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
Einarson, whose impressive credits include bios of Neil Young, Randy Bachman and Buffalo Springfield, has done his legwork, getting quotes from the likes of Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young and the late Suze Rotolo, Dylan's first girlfriend in New York
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Dylan, et la fabrique des icônes - AgoraVox
Google News - over 5 years
Dans le sillage de l'activisme de Suze Rotolo, Dylan fait ses armes de chanteur contestataire. Une image renforcée par sa participation à des évènements militants majeurs – encore une fois grâce à Rotolo – comme la marche sur Washington en 1963
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The iPod of the Hurricane: Songs for a Windy Weekend - New Yorker (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
It's about the late Suze Rotolo, Dylan's early-sixties girlfriend, and Dylan later looked back on it with regret: “Oh yeah, that one! I look back and say 'I must have been a real schmuck to write that.' I look back at that particular one and say,
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NY Trivia: An Iconic Album Cover - Boulder Jewish News
Google News - over 5 years
Q: In the picture on the cover of Bob Dylan's album, “Freewheelin,” what street are Dylan and Suze Rotolo standing on? A: The corner of Jones Street and West 4th Street in Greenwich
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Must read music books - WalesOnline
Google News - over 5 years
Dylan gave Shelton access to his parents, childhood friends and Suze Rotolo, the muse immortalised on the cover of Freewheelin'. This new edition, published to coincide with Dylan's 70th birthday, includes key images of Dylan throughout his incredible,
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DECODING THE SIGNS THAT WERE LEFT BEHIND - Calcutta Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
My hopes were raised briefly when Marcus referred to Suze Rotolo's book. Rotolo, who died earlier this year, was Dylan's lover for a while; the cover of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan featured the artist embracing her on a snow-covered street
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I Coen e il loro prossimo film sul musicista Dave von Ronk - Primissima (Comunicati Stampa) (Blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... Village - (famosissimo quartiere di downtown Manhattan) - newyorkese negli anni '60 per raccontare une delle figure più emblematiche di quel periodo: il musicista Dave von Ronk (nella foto da sinistra: Bob Dylan, Suze Rotolo, Dave Van Ronk)
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The Coen Brothers' Next Film Will Be About The New York City Folk Scene - The Film Stage
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Check out a photo of van Ronk with Dylan and his girlfriend Suze Rotolo below, as well a synopsis of the former's memoirs. I've also included a video of van Ronk performing at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 1981. Could the Coens get their True Grit
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Der deutsche Kulturtheoretiker Klaus Theweleit über die öffentliche Person Bob ... - Profil.at
Google News - over 5 years
... zwischen Kunst, Gesellschaft und Popkultur. Theweleit lebt und lehrt in Freiburg. Zuletzt erschien "How Does It Feel. Das Bob-Dylan-Lesebuch“ mit Beiträgen von Sam Shepard, Diedrich Diederichsen und Dylans erster Lebensgefährtin, Suze Rotolo
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Foto-Frisch. Neues von der Fotokunst. #06-11 - photoscala
Google News - over 5 years
Die Beziehung zu Suze Rotolo inspiriert Bob Dylan zu Songs wie Don't think twice, it's all right, mit denen er die bis dahin übliche Form des romantisch verklärten Lovesongs um eine zartbittere Note erweitert. Joan Baez über Bob Dylan: „Bob drückt das
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Bob Dylan Compromiso con la vida - ABC Color
Google News - over 5 years
Su primera musa, la artista estadounidense Suze Rotolo, quien protagonizó junto a él de la famosa portada del disco The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, murió a los 67 años en su casa del barrio neoyorquino de Manhattan. En un libro que ella escribió en 2008,
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The Political Bob Dylan - truthout
Google News - over 5 years
In July 1961 Dylan met seventeen-year-old Suze Rotolo, the daughter of Communists and a leftist herself. They soon moved into a Village apartment together. She introduced Dylan to writers and poets (especially Bertolt Brecht and Arthur Rimbaud) that
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Bob Dylan's 70th Birthday On World Cafe - NPR
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Suze Rotolo has been described as the '60s muse of Bob Dylan, the girl behind some of his most moving love songs and rousing political statements. The two met in the early 1960s in New York, and fell in love. She was a "red diaper baby," born to ... -
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Bob Dylan, 70 ans, 70 chansons - Slate.fr
Google News - over 5 years
C'est, avant tout, Suze Rotolo, la fille de Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, l'activiste aux parents communistes, que Dylan aimait tant que ses chansons transpirent de ses préoccupations à elle qu'il s'est appropriées. C'est principalement sur cet album que
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Suze Rotolo
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 67
    Rotolo died of lung cancer at her home in New York City's NoHo district on February 25, 2011, aged 67.
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  • 2008
    Age 64
    Rotolo was also interviewed nationally in 2008 by Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air to promote her book, A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties, which was published by Broadway Books on May 13, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Rotolo recounted her attempts not to be overshadowed by her relationship with Dylan. She discussed her need to pursue her artistic creativity and to retain her political integrity, concluding:
  • 2007
    Age 63
    In the 2007 film, "I'm Not There", a fictional account of Bob Dylan's life, there is a version of Rotolo's relationship with Dylan.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2002
    Age 58
    She and her husband also were involved in putting on a memorial event for Dave van Ronk after the singer's death in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Rotolo made an appearance in Martin Scorsese's documentary film, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, which focused on Dylan's early career from 1961 to 1966. This film was broadcast as part of the American Masters series on PBS public television in September 2005.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 23
    Rotolo married Italian Enzo Bartoccioli, a film editor who works for the United Nations, in 1967.
    More Details Hide Details Together they had one son, Luca, who is a guitarist in New York. In New York, Rotolo worked as an illustrator and painter, before concentrating on creating book art, making book-like objects which incorporated found art. Remaining politically active, Rotolo joined the street-theater group Billionaires for Bush and protested at the 2004 Republican National Convention in Manhattan. Rotolo evaded discussing her relationship with Dylan for decades. In July 2004, she was interviewed in a documentary produced by New York PBS Channel 13 and The New York Daily News; in November 2004, she made an unannounced appearance at the Experience Music Project, on a panel discussing Dylan's early days in Greenwich Village.
  • 1964
    Age 20
    She and Dylan broke up in 1964, in circumstances which Dylan described in his "Ballad in Plain D".
    More Details Hide Details Twenty years later, he apologized for the song, saying: "I must have been a real schmuck to write that. I look back at that particular one and say, of all the songs I've written, maybe I could have left that alone." Rotolo traveled to Cuba in June 1964, with a group, although it was unlawful for United States citizens to do so. She was quoted as saying, in regard to opponents of Fidel Castro that, "These gusanos worms are not suppressed. There can be open criticism of the regime. As long as they keep it to talk they are tolerated, as long as there is no sabotage."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 19
    The scene in which Robbie and Claire run romantically through the streets of New York re-enacts the cover of the 1963 album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. (The film remains a work of fiction since, in the movie, Claire is French, and both Sara Dylan and Suze Rotolo were American.)
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    Suze moved into her sister's apartment in August 1963.
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    Rotolo became pregnant in 1963 by Dylan and had an abortion.
    More Details Hide Details Their relationship failed to survive the abortion, Dylan's affair with Joan Baez and the hostility of the Rotolo family.
  • 1962
    Age 18
    Rotolo left New York in June 1962, with her mother, to spend six months studying art at the University of Perugia in Italy.
    More Details Hide Details She was known there as Justine Rotolo, having used an invented middle name to register as "S. Justine Rotolo". Dylan's separation from his girlfriend has been credited as the inspiration behind several of his finest love songs, including "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright", "Tomorrow Is a Long Time", "One Too Many Mornings", and "Boots of Spanish Leather". Rotolo's political views were widely regarded as having influenced Dylan's topical songwriting. Dylan also credited her with interesting him in the French poet, Arthur Rimbaud, who heavily influenced his writing style. The influence of Bertolt Brecht on Dylan's songwriting has also been acknowledged by Dylan as stemming from Rotolo's participation in Brechtian theater during their relationship. In Chronicles, Dylan describes the impact of the song "Pirate Jenny" while attending a Brecht show on which Rotolo worked. Dylan's interest in painting can also be traced back to his relationship with Rotolo, who had emphasised her shared values with Dylan in an interview with author Robbie Woliver:
    It was not until they met that Dylan's writing began to address issues such as the civil rights movement and the threat of nuclear war. They started living together in early 1962, much to the disapproval of her family.
    More Details Hide Details As Dylan's fame grew, Rotolo found the relationship increasingly stressful. She wrote:
  • 1961
    Age 17
    Rotolo first met Dylan at a Riverside Church folk concert in July 1961.
    More Details Hide Details They were introduced by Carla, who at that time was working as an assistant to folklorist Alan Lomax. Describing their meeting in his memoir, Chronicles, Volume One, Dylan wrote:
    In July 1961, she graduated from Bryant High School.
    More Details Hide Details At about the time she met Dylan, Rotolo began working full-time as a political activist in the office of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and the anti-nuclear group SANE. She and her sister Carla had also entered the Greenwich Village folk scene.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Born
    Born in 1943.
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