Ted Russell Suze Rotolo and Bob Dylan, New York City 1963
Dylan and Suze Rotolo were a couple for a few years in the early 60s. Suze’s parents did not like Dylan and disapproved of their relationship. In 1962, Suze was sent to Italy to do a semester abroad program, in large part to get her away from Bobby. Dylan wrote Boots of Spanish Leather about this separation and it’s one of his loveliest works.
Oh, I’m sailin’ away my own true love I’m sailin’ away in the morning Is there something I can send you from across the sea From the place that I’ll be landing?
No, there’s nothin’ you can send me, my own true love There’s nothin’ I wish to be ownin’ Just carry yourself back to me unspoiled From across that lonesome ocean
Oh, but I just thought you might want something fine Made of silver or of golden Either from the mountains of Madrid Or from the coast of Barcelona
Oh, but if I had the stars from the darkest night And the diamonds from the deepest ocean I’d forsake them all for your sweet kiss For that’s all I’m wishin’ to be ownin’
That I might be gone a long time And it’s only that I’m askin’ Is there something I can send you to remember me by To make your time more easy passin’
Oh, how can, how can you ask me again It only brings me sorrow The same thing I want from you today I would want again tomorrow
I got a letter on a lonesome day It was from her ship a-sailin’ Saying I don’t know when I’ll be comin’ back again It depends on how I’m a-feelin’
Well, if you, my love, must think that-a-way I’m sure your mind is roamin’ I’m sure your heart is not with me But with the country to where you’re goin’
So take heed, take heed of the western wind Take heed of the stormy weather And yes, there’s something you can send back to me Spanish boots of Spanish leather.
1. Subterranean Homesick Blues
2. Absolutely Sweet Marie
3. Masters Of War
4. You’re A Big Girl Now
5. Gotta Serve Somebody
6. In The Garden
7. Man Of Constant Sorrow (trad.) *
8. Lakes Of Pontchartrain (trad.) *
9. Boots Of Spanish Leather *
10. Driftin’ Too Far From Shore
11. Gates Of Eden (1st electric version ever!)
12. Like A Rolling Stone
13. Maggie’s Farm
First concert of The Never-Ending Tour, with the first Never-Ending Tour Band:
Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar), G. E. Smith (guitar), Kenny Aaronson (bass), Christopher Parker (drums)
1-6 and 10-13 Neil Young (guitar).
After You’re A Big Girl Now: Alright, thank you! We got Neil Young here playing tonight!
After Like A Rolling Stone: Thank you! That’s Neil Young on the guitar. Give him a hand!
Before Maggie’s Farm: Oh, thank you people for being so nice!
Saw our recommendations for another fandom. What are your fic recs for SOA?
The only soa fics I read are Jax x Tara, so if that’s what you are asking for, I can do that. *Some are AU, hope that’s okay.* Sorry for the long list, but this a collection of years reading Jax x Tara fanfics!
Suze Rotolo [Susan Elizabeth Rotolo; 20.11.43 - 25.02.11]
Suze Rotolo was an artist, and the girlfriend of Bob Dylan from 1961 to 1964. Dylan later acknowledged her strong influence on his music and art during that period. Rotolo is the woman walking with him on the cover of his album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. As an artist, she specialized in artists’ books and taught at the Parsons School of Design in New York City.
Rotolo became pregnant in 1963 by Dylan and had an abortion. Their relationship failed to survive the abortion, Dylan’s affair with Joan Baez and the hostility of the Rotolo family. They broke up in 1964, in circumstances which Dylan described in his “Ballad in Plain D”. Rotolo has been credited as the inspiration behind several of his finest love songs, including “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”, “Tomorrow Is a Long Time”, “One Too Many Mornings”, and “Boots of Spanish Leather”.
“Right from the start I couldn’t take my eyes off her. She was the most erotic thing I’d ever seen. She was fair skinned and golden haired, full-blood Italian. The air was suddenly filled with banana leaves. We started talking and my head started to spin. Cupid’s arrow had whistled past my ears before, but this time it hit me in the heart and the weight of it dragged me overboard… Meeting her was like stepping into the tales of 1001 Arabian Nights. She had a smile that could light up a street full of people and was extremely lively, had a kind of voluptuousness—a Rodin sculpture come to life.” -Bob Dylan
“Bob was charismatic: he was a beacon, a lighthouse, he was also a black hole. He required committed backup and protection I was unable to provide consistently, probably because I needed them myself. I could no longer cope with all the pressure, gossip, truth and lies that living with Bob entailed. I was unable to find solid ground. I was on quicksand and very vulnerable.” -about the downfall of her relationship with Dylan
“People say I was an influence on him, but we influenced each other. His interests were filtered through me and my interests, like the books I had, were filtered through him … It was always sincere on his part. The guy saw things. He had an incredible ability to see and sponge—there was a genius in that. The ability to create out of everything that’s flying around. To synthesize it. To put it in words and music.”
wool felt tote in grey-black-sienna by fancyfeltshop
fancyfelt indeed!! love the pieces in this russian shop, especially this tricolor tote. the light grey felt is thick and durable and water-resistant, and the leather accents in black and sienna just make it pop even more. i’m in love. check out the detail in that second product shot!! amazing.
Songs about Derek Hale, as sung by Stiles Stilinski (Smokes for Harris) with the help of Erica Reyes (Royales) during Smokes’ 2016 European Tour. LISTEN HERE
i. oh my god, whatever, etc.; ryan adams // ii.lover, you should’ve come over; jeff buckley // iii. hang me up to dry; cold war kids // iv.love songs drug songs; x ambassadors // v. first day of my life; bright eyes // vi. all i want; kodaline // vii.take me out; franz ferdinand // viii.re:stacks; bon iver // ix.do you wanna know; arctic monkeys // x.three little birds; brendon urie // xi.when it rains; paramore // xii.green eyes; coldplay // xiii.feeling this; blink-182 // xiv. boots of spanish leather; bob dylan // xv. into the airwaves; jack’s mannequin // xvi. don’t look back in anger; oasis // xvii. you remind me of home; ben gibbard & andrew kenney // xviii. play crack the sky; brand new // xix. looking up; paramore
Playlist based on fictional covers by characters from the amazing fic Play Crack the Sky, written by the equally amazing Wearethecyclones. A few songs aren’t part of their covers, but do appear in the fic and are great so WHY NOT.