A Freewheelin' Time

A Freewheelin' Time

A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties

Book - 2008
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A Freewheelin' Time is a moving account of the fertile years just before the circus of the 1960s was in full swing with Bob Dylan as the anointed ringmaster. Suze Rotolo chronicles the backstory of Greenwich Village in the early days, when Dylan was honing his skills and she was in the ring with him. Set during the time when Dylan was writing the soundtrack to the cultural revolution of the 1960s, this is a wonderfully romantic story of their sweet but sometimes wrenching love affair and its eventual collapse under the pressure of Dylan's growing fame. A shy girl from Queens, Suze was the politically active daughter of Italian working-class Communists. Her story is filled with vivid memories of those turbulent 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 more equitable life. And like Joyce Johnson's classic Minor Characters, A Freewheelin' Time forthrightly describes the sometimes frustrating experience of being a woman in a male-dominated artistic milieu before women's liberation changed the rules for the better.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780767926874
Branch Call Number: 782.4216 ROTOLO S
Characteristics: v, 371 pages : illustrations, map, music ; 22 cm.


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May 12, 2016

Lovely memoir of the time. Strong voice.

Reads like a whack-a-mole game, though. Something comes up, then something else, then something else, then back to the first topic. A good once over to add a stronger narrative (even some chronology) would make this even better.

Read_and_Write Jan 18, 2013

January 2013

A Freewheelin' Time - a memoir of Greenwich Village, lower Manhattan as if it were Paris in the '20s. This time music is the medium. There is no doubt in this book that Bob Dylan loved her.

Read it and then listen to his music from the early 60's. Another Side of Bob Dylan and The Times They Are A Changin'. To whom else could he be singing?

Dec 21, 2011

Who can figure out Robert Allen Zimmerman? His former girlfriend, who writes very well about the early '60s in Greenwich Village, sheds some light. I was there; I knew the scene and she is giving a very accurate peek at what it was for artistic young women. I loved reading this memoir; alas, Suze died in February.

Mar 04, 2011

All about a "girl from the north country" , who lived a short time of her brief life with a fictional person named Dylan and did't think twice because it was "Alright." Ode to the village!


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