You are Beautiful and
You Are Alone
The Biography of Nico
The definitive biography of the woman
who dared to live by her own rules.
July 1st UK
August 30th US
FOUR YEARS OF EXHAUSTIVE RESEARCH
100 NEW INTERVIEWS
THE EXHAUSTIVE BIOGRAPHY OF NICO
The real story of Nico is one of determination, self-destruction and belief in one’s artistic vision, at any cost.
Nico was an ever-evolving myth, an enigma that escaped definition.
Born Christa Päffgen, Nico grew up in war-torn Berlin before being scouted by a fashion photographer in her early teens. At age twenty-seven, she became Andy Warhol’s newest Superstar, securing the position of chanteuse for the Velvet Underground. Though she is primarily remembered for contributions to their seminal debut album – and her relationships with Brian Jones, Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison – her own artistry and influence have often been overlooked.
Nico spent most of her career as a solo artist on the road, enduring empty concert halls, abusive fans and the perilous reality of being a drug addict. Yet beneath the superficial denigrations and one-dimensional myths was a complicated visionary determined to make art that was truly her own.
"Nico, in her life and times, straddled the worlds
of post-war European and American
decadence like an alternative Colossus; or
perhaps an Albatross.
Here is a scholarly and
detailed chronicle of this brilliant artist, who
was spurned and tortured for her trouble."
- Iggy Pop
on You Are Beautiful You are Alone