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Fact #188864


Short story:

Nico (backed by Jackson Browne on guitar) plays at Stanley's in the basement of The Dom, New York City, USA, supported by Tim Buckley.

Full article:

Sterling Morrison (guitarist, Velvet Underground] : We stopped working for a while. We used to do that periodically - just refused to do anything. Nico needed money so she went out on her own. She was working downstairs at the Dom (Stanley's) and we said sure, do anything you want, and so she was doing that. We'd take turns backing her up. I'd do it for one week, then John Cale, Lou, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Jackson Browne - everyone was showing up as Nico's accompanist.

Steve Noonan : At the time Jackson was really into people who were going to give him some 'nice, people who were going to validate him. I did think it strange the kind of people who were hanging around there-more off-the-wall, artistic, hard-to-reach....When you're eighteen and in New York you go, 'What the fuck is going on here?"

Richard Meltzer : Folk at that time was dead....The fact that Jackson got the response that he got was an indication that he was perceived as being much more than folk....Even to have played the Dom framed him a lot differently than he would have been framed if he had played a folk club. My guess is he was hooked on Nico.

The Dom partnership lasted for over a month, even though Jackson began bad-mouthing Nico privately. Noonan: "I got the impression [from Jackson] that, 'Hey, I'm really good, but I'm playing backup for this girl who can't sing in tune sometimes."'

Sterling Morrison : When we decided to start work again we told her about it, and she said, oh, I have three more weeks here. So we told her to decide what she wanted to do and she decided that perhaps she could go on her own and be a big star, and we said okay. There never was any ill feelings. For instance, Lou played and composed some of the selections for her first album on Verve.

Jackson Browne : Tim Buckley was in New York at the time and I went to see him play at this place called the Dom. Dom was mod spelled backwards, and there was always this carnival of people around. Andy Warhol with his entourage, a film loop of Lou Reed eating a Hershey bar, Nico sitting at one end of the bar in this Dietrich pose singing those incredible songs, and Tim Buckley as opening act.

When I got hired to play, Nico was being accompanied by various members of the Velvet Underground. They'd trade off. Lou Reed would back her one night, John Cale the next, and so on. And she was getting crazy about not having the same guy backing her up every night. So she asked Tim to do it and he said no. Then she asked me. First thing they asked me was whether I could play an electric guitar. I said yes, but I didn't have one. They said if I could get one, I could have the job. So I borrowed a friend's.