MELISSA BLOCK, Host:
Rotolo died Friday of lung cancer at the age of 67, and NPR's Margot Adler has this remembrance.
MARGOT ADLER: Suze Rotolo began dating Dylan in 1961, when she was just 17. She was described in Rolling Stone magazine as being the muse behind some of Bob Dylan's early love songs, including "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right."
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DON'T THINK TWICE, IT'S ALL RIGHT")
BOB DYLAN: (Singing) I once loved a woman, a child I am told. I gave her my heart, but she wanted my soul. Don't think twice, it's all right.
ADLER: A photograph of Rotolo and Dylan became the iconic cover of the 1963 album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan." The two were photographed walking arm in arm down the street.
ADLER: Rotolo told WHYY's FRESH AIR in 2008 about their attraction to each other.
SUZE ROTOLO: We were very curious, and we were both in search of poetry. And we fed each other's curiosity. I was exposed to all different kinds of music from a very early age. My mother loved Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. And when you grow up in that, you just assume everybody else knows all this, whereas with Bob, he heard this music and knew this is what he wanted to investigate, but he had a harder time finding it.
ADLER: Her own left-wing views may well have influenced Dylan's political awakening, but eventually, they broke apart.
ROTOLO: I just felt that there was no longer - I no longer had a place in this world of his music and fame. And I more and more felt more and more insecure that I was just a string on his guitar. I was just this chick. And I saw it as a small, cloistered, specialized world that I just didn't belong in it.
ADLER: Margot Adler, NPR News, New York.
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