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Released on Visionary Records in September 1996, Janitor of Lunacy (named after a song on Desertshore) chronicles a performance by Nico in 1983 at the Library Theatre in Manchester, England, where she was living at the time. The recording is a step above an audience tape, but it still isn't very good quality, and the sound deteriorates noticeably during the show's final song, a cover of David Bowie's "Heroes." So, this disc must be considered, in essence, a legal bootleg rather than a legitimate live album. That said, Nico offers a good selection of songs from four of her six studio albums as well as the Velvet Underground favorites "Femme Fatale" and "All Tomorrow's Parties" (the latter rendered a cappella).


Born: 16 October 1938 in Cologne, Germany

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

One of the most fascinating figures of rock's fringes, Nico hobnobbed, worked, and was romantically linked with an incredible assortment of the most legendary entertainers of the '60s. The paradox of her career was that she herself never attained the fame of her peers, pursuing a distinctly individualistic and uncompromising musical career that was uncommercial, but wholly admirable and influential. Nico first rose to fame as a European supermodel, also landing a bit part in Fellini's La Dolce Vita...
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