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@Read Epub ⚹ A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties à A Freewheelin Time is Suze Rotolo s firsthand, eyewitness, 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 Queens, 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 an outsider in her neighborhood and at school Her childhood was turbulent, but Suze found solace in poetry, art, and music In Washington Square 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 equitable 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 A Freewheelin Time is a vibrant, moving memoir of a hopeful time and place and of a vital subculture at its most creative It communicates the excitement of youth, the heartbreak of young love, and the struggles for a brighter future This was an enjoyable read It covers much the same territory as Dave Van Ronk s recent memoir But, of course, this one was written by Dylan s girlfriend of the time She s the one on the cover of The Freewheelin Bob Dylan There s some new insight into Dylan s rise in the early 60s, and insight into his personality, but, in many ways, Rotolo doesn t reveal much that is new In her defense, she seems to respect Dylan s privacy, or better said, the privacy of the relationship the two of the This was an enjoyable read It covers much the same territory as Dave Van Ronk s recent memoir But, of course, this one was written by Dylan s girlfriend of the time She s the one on the cover of The Freewheelin Bob Dylan There s some new insight into Dylan s rise in the early 60s, and insight into his personality, but, in many ways, Rotolo doesn t reveal much that is new In her defense, she seems to respect Dylan s privacy, or better said, the privacy of the relationship the two of them once had, so she is pretty restrained in her descriptions of their lives together, and of his shortcomings Basically, I love reading about this period, she was there, and she tells good story 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 Dylan.When remembering their first encounter, Bob said I couldn t 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 Dylan.When 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 about.But 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 muchthan 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 world.I 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 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 unique perspective on Dylan s transformation from an unk 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 unique 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 and or 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 contents.One 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 unique 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 friend a human 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 see.Update 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 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 see.Update 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