Suze Rotolo reads from <i>A Freewheelin’ Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties</i> (Broadway Books, 2008)

From 19 to 19 of November, 2008
( 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm )

Suze Rotolo reads from A Freewheelin’ Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties (Broadway Books, 2008)

A Freewheelin’ Time is Suze Rotolo’s firsthand account of Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and her relationship with Bob Dylan. Rotolo grew up during the Cold War and McCarthyism as the daughter of Italian working-class Communists from Queens. As a teenager, she met new friends in Greenwich Village who, like her, were interested in the arts and politically active. Then in July 1961, 17-year-old Rutolo met 20-year-old Dylan, a rising young musician. While they were together, Dylan was transformed from an obscure folk singer into an uneasy spokesperson for a generation. Rotolo recounts the story of her sweet but sometimes wrenching love affair and its eventual collapse under the pressures of growing fame. She also writes about her involvement with the civil rights movement and the sometimes frustrating experience of being a woman in a male-dominated culture. A Freewheelin’ Time is a vibrant, moving memoir of the excitement of youth, the heartbreak of young love, and of a vital subculture at its most creative.

“A welcome, page-turning perspective conspicuously absent from the plethora of books on Dylan and the folk era of the 1960s: that of a woman witnessing it all from its cultural and political epicenter.”

—Todd Haynes, director of I’m Not There

Calandra Italian American Institute