Susan Elizabeth “Suze” Rotolo

Susan Elizabeth “Suze” Rotolo

Sunnyside, Queens County, New York, USA
Death 24 Feb 2011 (aged 67)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 66330123 · View Source
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Artist, Folk Figure. She was an important muse to singer-songwriter Bob Dylan at the beginning of his career. Born Susan Elizabeth Rotolo, she changed her first name to Suze (pronounced Soo-zee) early in life. She was an integral member of the Greenwich Village folk music community in the early 1960's. It was in 1961 that she met Dylan, a newcomer to the local scene. Their subsequent romance is often credited with inspiring the most potent ballads of Dylan's early catalog, among them: "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright", "Tomorrow is a Long Time", "One Too Many Mornings", "Boots of Spanish Leather", and "It Ain't Me Babe". Her strong involvement in leftist political activism is generally acknowledged to have had a profound impact on the political flavor attributed to many of the protest anthems Dylan composed during 1962-1964. After her relationship with Dylan ended, she married and had a son. An avid artist and activist, she also taught at the Parsons School of Design in New York. In 2008, her book, "A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties" was published to positive reviews.

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