This book is one of those can’t sleep, can’t put down, can’t wait til the end but also don’t want it to end kind of books. This past Monday, I picked it up on Warren Street in Hudson, in my favorite bookstore there, the Spotty Dog.
Bob Dylan dated the author, Suze Rotolo, from 1961, when she was 17 and he was 20, until 1964. In that small amount of time, Suze was his muse, later credited by Dylan himself. It’s an epic tale, filled with the start of folk music in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, and how many of the folk artists in this time started in the same way: broke, and sleeping on someone’s couch.
There’s tons to digest from this book, including the relationship between Rotolo and Dylan. With Communist parents, Suze influenced Bob Dylan in more ways than just music; she had an effect on his education regarding politics, too.
In case you’re wondering, this is an intricate look at New York City’s folk scene in the ’60s, and well worth a read.
What’s on your bedside table?