Songwriting inspiration passes away in New York

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Bob Dylan‘s former girlfriend Suze Rotolo has died aged 67.

Rotolo, who passed away last Thursday (February 24), went out with Dylan in the early 60s, and was the inspiration for some of his best-known songs including ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right’, ‘Tomorrow Is A Long Time’ and ‘Boots Of Spanish Leather’.

She appears alongside Dylan on the cover of his 1963 album ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ (pictured).

Rotolo is also credited with turning Dylan onto politics, as well as influencing his painting.

According to Village Voice, Rotolo died of a long-term illness at her New York home. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Enzo Bartoccioli.

Rotolo rarely discussed Dylan in public, although she did take part in Martin Scorsese‘s 2005 documentary [i]No Direction Home[/i], and wrote a memoir about her youth called [i]A Freewheelin’ Time'[/i] in 2008.

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