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Nico (16 October 1938 – 18 July 1988) was a German model, actress, singer, and songwriter. She was born Christa Päffgen in Cologne, Germany.
Nico started a successful career as a model in Berlin and Paris, studied acting at Lee Strasberg’s New York Actor Studio. She then became part of the Swinging London scene, and had a short relationship with The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones and she recorded her first record in London in 1965, the single I’m Not Saying/The Last Mile, produced by Jimmy Page, for Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham’s label Immediate Records. Thanks to Jones she met Andy Warhol in New York City and became part of Warhol’s Factory, and Warhol introduced her to the Rock band The Velvet Underground, with whom she recorded the album “The Velvet Underground & Nico”, featuring the legendary banana cover designed by Andy Warhol. The album has been named by numerous publications as one of the top 100 albums of all time, and is often considered one of history’s 10 most influential albums by critics.

Nico later recorded several solo albums, including the folksy Chelsea Girl in 1967, followed by original albums such as The Marble Index and Desertshore, which were much darker and avant garde in style. She released several more albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including The End…, but died in 1988 from a cerebral hemorrhage after falling from her bike in Ibiza, Spain. She is buried in Berlin, next to her mother.

Solo studio discography:
1967 - Chelsea Girl
1969 - The Marble Index
1970 - Desertshore
1974 - The End…
1981 - Drama of Exile

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  • gnathonemus

    nico = icon

    Yesterday 3:23am Reply
  • phukerr

    on tour lol 4

    17 Feb 3:48pm Reply
  • elcomegente

    on tour lol [x3]

    17 Feb 12:41am Reply
  • Nimbie

    focussing on running down the drain

    15 Feb 12:56pm Reply
  • rodhatesyou

    on tour lol [2]

    14 Feb 7:05pm Reply
  • deathgripin

    that voice... damn [3]

    22 Jan 3:34am Reply
  • mikeyunicorns

    on tour lol

    17 Jan 2:37am Reply
  • atskiljande

    "i don't have any limits, you know. i'm not the person that needs to be outside to actually be outside; i can feel that same way in a little cell. i like to be locked, in fact"

    3 Jan 9:19pm Reply
  • Luctoller

    Dona na empresa mundo.

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Fernando_Lucas

    that voice... damn [2]

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Nimbie

    @wingsoftoast There were three John Cale produced albums (four, if we count Camera Obscura) and they're all great. It seems like The End is kinda overlooked in the West, while here in Russia it's usually considered a part of an unofficial "gothic" trilogy and is a favourite of many.

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Amrabart

    that voice... damn

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • nelisez

    Brazil

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • CyberMusicLover

    I have her "Hanging Gardens" album on Cassette Tape still and I really loved her voice on it. I agree that Nico, was far Ahead of her time, musically!

    7 Oct 2014 Reply
  • pigeont

    Her voice would sound amazing if she were around today.

    11 Sep 2014 Reply
  • wingsoftoast

    it's a shame that the wiki is so dominated by her brief tenure with the Velvet Underground, when, ironically, her subsequent albums far outstripped them. The two John Cale produced albums are sublime in the truest sense of the word - beautiful and terrifying.

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • wingsoftoast

    Frozen Warnings >< Sheep in Fog

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • igorgeneration

    Desertshore is her prime <3 stunning!

    29 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Scantily

    Nothing like Nico, but perhaps it's something for someone here.

    18 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Nekrovoor

    +1 on MissNewOrleans

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
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