Covid-19 update

Monorail Music continues to follow Scottish Government advice with regard to Covid-19. We're delighted to announce our re-opening from Monday 26 April at 11am. We will have reduced capacity with social distancing and ask that customers wear masks while in the shop. However, browsing is possible.

Entrance for now is via Osborne Street. We will be closed on Sundays, open Monday to Saturday 11-6.

Thanks for your continuing support. You helped get us through this.

Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

You Are Beautiful And You Are Alone: The Biography Of Nico


Released: 1st July 2021

Hardback book£20.00 Pre-Order Dispatched on or before Thursday 1st July 2021

Signed by author

Faber presents a redemptive, myth-shattering biography of one of the twentieth century’s most underestimated creative and artistic forces.

The real story of Nico is one of determination, self-destruction and belief in one’s artistic vision, at any cost. Beneath the superficial denigrations and one-dimensional myths was a complicated visionary determined to make art that was truly her own.

Primarily remembered for her contributions to the Velvet Underground’s seminal debut album – and her relationships with Brian Jones, Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison – Nico’s own artistry and influence have often been overlooked. In You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone, defying the sexist casting of her life as the tragedy of a beautiful woman losing her looks, youth and fame, Jennifer Otter Bickerdike cements Nico’s legacy as one of the most vital artists of her time, inspiring a generation of luminaries including Björk, Morrissey and Iggy Pop.

Containing over a hundred new interviews, including John Cale, Iggy Pop, John Cooper-Clarke and Nico’s son Ari, and rare archival material, this is an empowering reappraisal of an underappreciated icon.