Suze Rotolo, Bob Dylan’s early girlfriend and the inspiration behind many of his early love songs, has died at the age of 67.
Bob and Suze were still teenagers when they started dating in 1961. She was the inspiration behind his song ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright’.
Suze was also the girl with Dylan on the cover of his iconic ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ (see image). After meeting her, Dylan described Suze in his book ‘Chronicles’ as “the most erotic thing I’d ever seen”.
The couple split in 1963 when stories of Dylan’s fling with Joan Baez gained momentum. For more than 40 years, Suze did not talk publically about Dylan until the 2005 Martin Scorsese doco ‘No Direction Home’.
After Dylan, Suze met and married film editor Enzo Bartoccioli. They had one son, Luca.
In 2009, she told more when she published her memoir ‘A Freewheelin’ Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties’. Suze lived her entire life in The Village.
Dylan songs also inspired by Suze include ‘Boots of Spanish Leather’ and ‘Tomorrow Is A Long Time’.
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