Suze Rotolo, artist, teacher, mother, activist and one time girlfriend of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Dylan[/lastfm] has passed away at age 67. She died of lung cancer on Friday, February 25, 2011.
According to DangerousMinds, Rotolo dated Dylan from 1961 until 1963 when Dylan began seeing folk singer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Joan Baez[/lastfm].
Suze Rotolo was the subject of Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right and the woman featured with Dylan on the cover of The Freehweelin’ Bob Dylan. On the cover, the 19-year-old is pictured smiling and holding the arm of the 21-year-old Bob Dylan.
Rotolo wrote a memoir, A Freewheelin Time, on her time spent with Dylan in the early 1960’s.
Outtakes describing how the cover of The Freehweelin’ Bob Dylan came to be:
“Bob stuck his hands in the pockets of his jeans and leaned into me. We walked the length of Jones Street facing West Fourth with Bleecker Street at our backs.” This is the same view, on a February day almost 50 years later.
“The snow on the streets was slushy and filthy from the traffic. Don [Hunstein; a staff photographer at Columbia Records] kept clicking away. . . . In some of the outtakes it’s obvious that by then we were freezing; certainly Bob was, in that thin jacket. But image was all.”
“As for me, I was never given a release to sign or paid anything. It never dawned on me to ask.”