A Freewheelin' Time: Greenwich Village in the Sixties, Bob Dylan and Me
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 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...more
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 ...more
So what prompted this amazing book? Why, after years of silence did she finally open up? In the "Acknowledgments" section at the end of the ...more
But this book is more than "Bob and Me." It is a ...more
Rotolo also tends to riddle her writing with subtle Dylan references that end up sounding corny instead of poetic...like "we were both overly sensitive and needed shelter from the storm" or "Dylan was a painter searching for his palette." Also, how many times can you use "freewheelin'" as an adjective to describe yourself and the people you hung out with...in a si ...more
There is much here to like and little to quibble about. Her new path took her out of huge whirpool that was to become Dylan's life and the many permutations of the music world ...more
The book is peppered with personalities of the day. Not ...more
This is a really good read--whether for a look back at the early folk scene in Greenwich Village (starring Bob Dylan, of course) or for a casual history of that still important time that spawned the "youth movement" in the U.S.
The hook to read this book is that it is written by Bob Dylan's girlfriend during his early career. But soon into the book, the reader realizes that it is not going to be a tell-all about the famous singer with anecdote after anecdote exposing Dylan's life at this very cr ...more
This book reminded me a lot of "Popism" the book that Andy Warhol and Pat Hackett co-wrote with the amount of name dropping and stories about other people involved in the folk movement during the early 1960's. It took me a little while to get into "A Freewheelin' Time" but once I did I enjoyed the stor ...more
I did enjoy learning the story behind some of Dylan's more famous songs, but I wish there had been more about Bob and Suze's life together. I have always been under the impression that Suze was a trust-fund baby, but was surpri ...more
Her wrestling with her feminist feelings before there was a vocabulary for that, when women were "chicks", is quite powerful.
However, anyone who is even remotely interested in the folk scene in Greenwich Village in the 1960's should read this book. A Freewheelin' Time is most definitely the memoir of Suze Rotolo, Bob Dylan's girlfriend when he was on the road to fame. The book is extremely personal and gives a glimpse into the life of many people from that time. Suze was certainly an interesting person in her own right and perhaps that ...more