Thursday, June 20, 2013
Review: A Freewheelin' Time: Greenwich Village in the Sixties, Bob Dylan and Me
A Freewheelin' Time: Greenwich Village in the Sixties, Bob Dylan and Me by Suze Rotolo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A Freewheelin' Time by Suze Rotolo is an intimate look at Greenwich Village in the 1960s from the perspective of not just someone who had lived and worked there, but who had also had a close relationship with one of the top singer/songwriters of the century - Bob Dylan.
If a reader picks up this book to learn more about Bob Dylan that hasn't already been published elsewhere, they may be disappointed. Although Bob Dylan does play a major role in Rotolo's life during the time period she writes about, there's little new insight into the man himself. The book does paint a picture of Dylan as a sensitive, moody young man who just wants to make music, though he's got hangups just like everyone else living in the village at the time.
The book does detail a lot of what went on the in folk clubs, theaters and other points of interest that were integral in creating the 1960s most famous musicians, actors and writers. Rotolo can also be seen as much more of a reliable narrator of these times because she claims little to no drug use during this period, while everyone else around her was under the influence of something.
Overall, this book is for those who want to know what it what the 1960s Greenwich Village scene was all about from a narrator who is honest and sincere in her stories, from her red diaper baby days to the last days she spent living int he Village.
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