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You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone by Jennifer Otter Bickerdike review – the biography of Nico
A not always flattering portrait of the enigmatic Velvet Underground singer’s troubled life and legacy

Fiona Sturges

10, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone review – Nico as the gothic Garbo
Jennifer Otter Bickerdike’s biography is absorbing and informative but paints a flattering portrait of the enigmatic model turned singer

Ian Thomson

20, Jun, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Poem of the week: Winterpause by Naomi Foyle
This homage to the melancholy singer Nico makes striking connections with German history

Carol Rumens

02, Mar, 2020 @11:00 AM

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The Nico Project; The Fountainhead – review
Maxine Peake is a woman possessed in The Nico Project, while Ivo van Hove adapts Ayn Rand’s controversial novel

Claire Armitstead

21, Jul, 2019 @7:00 AM

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The Nico Project review – Maxine Peake digs deep into a nightmare
With fascinating – and frustrating – results, the actor plays a woman seemingly possessed by the ghost of the late Velvet Underground singer

Mark Fisher

14, Jul, 2019 @11:33 AM

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Nico in Manchester: 'She loved the architecture – and the heroin'
She had been a top model, then sang with the Velvet Underground, and in 1981 Nico moved to Manchester. Her friends there share their touching, alarming memories of ‘a true bohemian’

Dave Simpson

05, Jul, 2019 @5:01 AM

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Maxine Peake: 'The truth seems slippery with Nico'
The Nico Project, debuting at Manchester international festival, investigates the truth and lies surrounding the singer and actor

Anna Codrea-Rado

14, Jun, 2019 @9:00 AM

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From Nico to Tonya Harding, women’s true stories are being told on film at last
‘I wasn’t happy when I was beautiful’: the movie Nico, 1988 shows singer’s resilience in later life, signalling a change in how biopics treat their subjects

Wendy Ide

05, Aug, 2018 @8:30 AM

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Nico 1988: the film about the Velvet Underground's doomed singer
The director and star of a drama about the latter years of the cult singer talk about her unusual life and how she battled against her beauty

Jim Farber

25, Apr, 2018 @3:10 PM

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Why The Velvet Underground’s landmark debut album still resonates after 50 years
The Velvet Underground & Nico comes home this week, as John Cale and guests prepare to play it in its entirety in New York

Ed Vulliamy

12, Nov, 2017 @12:05 AM

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The Velvet Underground – 10 of the best
Pioneers in almost everything except commercial success, the Velvets put drugs, fetishism, infidelity and heartbreak into song and changed music completely

Sean Stanley

09, Aug, 2017 @10:00 AM

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The Velvet Underground & Nico Reimagined review – thin echoes of a pop masterpiece
A live celebration of the album, masterminded by onetime band member John Cale and featuring young indie guests, was a muted and messy affair

Dave Simpson

28, May, 2017 @12:33 PM

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