Suze Rotolo, an American artist and author who became famous because of her four-year relationship with Bob Dylan, has died. She was 67.
Rolling Stone has described Rotolo as the muse behind some of Dylan’s classic songs, including “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” In Dylan’s autobiography Chronicles: Volume One, he compares Rotolo to “a Rodin sculpture come to life.”
Dylan and Rotolo began dating in 1961, when she was 17. She came from an immigrant Italian communist family, and was working for a civil rights group when they met. Her left-wing views may have influenced Dylan’s own political awakening.
Rotolo is best known for a photograph of her and Dylan walking arm in arm down the street. Taken by Don Hunstein, the image became the cover of Dylan’s 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. In a 2008 Fresh Air interview, Rotolo said the feeling of being Dylan’s accessory contributed to her decision to end the relationship.