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A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties
on 23 February 2009
This is a wonderful book, hugely evocative of NYC in the 1960s. It is written as a life story that just happens to include a relationship with Bob Dylan, rather than as a my-life-with-Bob 'kiss-and-tell' memoir.
Suze is extremely respectful of others, and never writes anything bitter or unkind. That's not to say this is bland or sappy. Far from it: it's colourful, rich in detail and beautifully written. There's a lightness and freshness here that makes most books about this era seem cliched and uninspired.
Rotolo comes across as compassionate, funny, wise and philosophical. Great company, in other words.
If you have any interest in New York, the 1960s or Bob Dylan, you will enjoy this book. You certainly don't need to be a Dylan fan or to know his music to get a lot out of this.
Added later: sadly, Suze died on 25 February 2011. This book stands as a great tribute to her.