Suze Rotolo 1943-2011

Bob Dylan, Suze Rotolo, Lena Spencer (w/ unidentified cat) at Caffe Lena, 1961

From New York Times:

Suze Rotolo, who became widely known for her romance with Bob Dylan in the early 1960s, strongly influenced his early songwriting and, in one of the decade’s signature images, walked with him arm-in-arm for the cover photo of his breakthrough album, “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” died on Friday at her home in Manhattan. She was 67.

In her teens — “Artistically inclined, she began haunting Washington Square Park and Greenwich Village as the folk revival gathered steam, while taking part in demonstrations against American nuclear policy and racial injustice.”

The Guardian:

As a teenager, Washington Square Park – with its poets, singers and chess players – became the centre of her universe, and her involvement in protest movements began in 1958, when she joined 10,000 other students on the Youth March for Integrated Schools, led by Harry Belafonte, in Washington DC.

New York Daily News:

Her affair with Dylan was impassioned, but relatively brief, and she moved on to become a teacher, painter and book illustrator. She was also a singer herself for a time, appearing in downtown folk clubs.

In 1970 she married Italian filmmaker Enzo Bartoccioli and had a son, Luca. She lived in the Village all her life.

Photo from NY Daily News, courtesy of Caffe Lena (Saratoga Springs, NY)

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