Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Velvet Underground and Nico

German model and actress Christa Paffgen, a.k.a. Nico, started her musical career in London on 1965. Through her friend Brian Jones she knew The Rolling Stones' producer Oldham, who made her release the single I'm Not Saying/The Last Mile, on his new Immediate label. Jimmy Page worked on this record as composer and sessionman. On the old promo clip of this nice folk-pop tune her image is very different from the one of the "dark lady" we knew through her later solo career.
On '66 she moved to New York...and then everybody knows the story: she knew Andy Warhol, became "pop-girl" of the year, played a role on the movie Chelsea Girls and joined as chanteuse The Velvet Underground for a few months. Enough to appear on the multimedial events of the Plastic Exploding Inevitable Show, and give her voice to some of the most fascinating songs of the Velvets' memorable debut album.
On the second video the Velvets (without Nico) appears on an old black and white film, shooted by Lou Reed's schoolmate Rosalind Stevenson, while they are rehearseing the song Sunday Morning, which is used as background music.

Nico - I'm Not Saying (1965)
Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning (1967)

The password to unzip the files is: musicforyoureyes

See you next time

Mirco

7 Comments:

Blogger The Baz said...

Wow! What a thrill it is to see the Nico promo! I loved the brief extracts in the "NicoIcon" film and hoped I'd get to see the whole clip... many thanks for this! A very charming period piece indeed and a great snapshot of Nico before the Velvets and the drugs that ended up decimating her... she really was a beautiful woman at this time.
Keep up the good work!
BAZ

12/28/2005 2:54 PM  
Anonymous emanuele said...

Ciao Mirco purtroppo rapidshare si dà in manutenzione fino all' anno prossimo e quindi niente Nico e niente Velvet e niente Count Five e Leaves per ora ma già da adesso un grande grazie per l'attitudine (conto di ritrovarli nel 2006, no?)

apresto

12/29/2005 2:20 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Ciao, benvenuto da queste parti...ho provato a cliccare su alcuni dei link che ho postato, pare che a volte funzionino e a volte no...comunque i video rimarrano disponibili per 30 giorni a partire dalla data in cui li ho caricati su Rapidshare

Grazie ed a presto

12/29/2005 3:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uma raridade esse vídeo do velvet em ação, é sempre bom vê-los nestes raros momentos, eu nunca assisti vídeo deles, e fico mto grato por Mirco compartilhar essas coisas com a gente. Continue e parabens........afvi!

3/13/2006 9:40 PM  
Anonymous ant said...

can you please reupload sunday morning?
it's been deleted,
thank you.

3/25/2007 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"File not found", unfortunately, seems to be the current norm for these videos: too bad, since I love Velvets, Seeds, et al....

6/04/2007 11:56 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

You got here too late...

6/05/2007 12:12 AM  

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