Wonderful Insight into The Life and Lies of Nico The Icon,
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This book was much more informative than I thought it would be, considering the very little I was able to find about Nico through the internet. It paints a tragic portrait of Nico's life, while trying to separate the legeneds from fiction, which is quite a challenge considering all the things Nico made up about her life. Nevertheless, this book tackles everything of note and even examines Nico's music and songs, which I found particularly informative in understanding a lot of what those obscure lyrics of hers meant.
This book certainly proves that Nico was more than just the "Kate Moss" of her day as she is often wrongly accused. She is a true icon of her time and an inspiration to many artists still in music today. Her legacy shall certainly outlive those who are classed as iconic in todays music industry, not just for her music, but for her attitudes of being true to oneself and doing what you want rather than having your life governed by others while you sit and smile.
This autobiography also gives good insight into Andy Warhol's factory and the characters that inhabited it throughout Nico's time there. Those of note are Andy himself, Paul Morrissey, Edie Sedgwick and Lou Reed of The Velvet Underground. Many famous faces pop up in these pages and it's interesting to see how Nico weaved in an out of these lives throughout her many travels.
All in all a great, informative book and probably the best you can find about the life of Nico the model, singer, actress, child, mother and junkee.