Suze Rotolo, Subject of Famous Dylan Album Cover, Dies at 67

Posted by David Ozanich — 28 Feb 2011


Suze Rotolo, who was photographed arm in arm with then-boyfriend Bob Dylan for the cover of his seminal album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" has died at age 67. The New York Times calls the 1963 album cover "one of the signature images of the decade."

It was taken by CBS staff photographer Don Hunstein on the corner of Jones Street and West 4th Street in Greenwich Village. In her memoir "A Freewheelin' Time" Rotolo spoke about the photo:

It is one of those cultural markers that influenced the look of album covers precisely because of its casual down-home spontaneity and sensibility. Most album covers were carefully staged and controlled, to terrific effect on the Blue Note jazz album covers ... and to not-so great-effect on the perfectly posed and clean-cut pop and folk albums. Whoever was responsible for choosing that particular photograph for The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan really had an eye for a new look.

The critic Janet Maslin describes it as "a photograph that inspired countless young men to hunch their shoulders, look distant, and let the girl do the clinging."

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