Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Nico

Continuing on with the Andy Warhol Dachshund association, it's Nico.   Who?  Nico (born Christa Päffgen, 16 October 1938 – 18 July 1988) was a German singer, composer, fashion model, actress, and Dachshundist Warhol Superstar. She is known for both her vocal collaboration on The Velvet Underground's debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, and her work as a solo artist from the late 1960s through the early 1980s. She also had roles in several films, including a cameo in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960) and Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls (1966), as herself. She was related to Hermann Päffgen, who founded the Päffgen brewery in 1883 in Cologne.  She died in July 1988, as a result of injuries sustained in a bicycling accident.  Source.
Thanks to Susan Sears for sending us a link to the above recently unearthed photo which begs the question:  Did Nico have her own Dachshunds?  Not from what we can tell.  This photo seems to originate from recently available Mark Shaw photos offered for sale at Svenska Möbler.  They elude that the Dachshunds belonged to Parisian interior designer Henry Samuel:

"Nico With Dachshunds"- Mark Shaw Editioned Fashion Photo, France, 1960's

Original Limited Edition Mark Shaw fashion photograph. This is from a never published series taken by Shaw for LIFE magazine. Pictured here is Nico who went on to be the lead chanteuse of "The Velvet Underground" as a young model in Paris. She is posing with a pair of dachshunds in the apartment of legendary Parisian interior designer Henry Samuel. These prints are archivally prepared and stamped and numbered at the Mark Shaw Photographic Archives. Please call us in Los Angeles for details.

Admittedly, we aren't the hugest fans of Nico's voice, but the iconic album The Velvet Underground & Nico wouldn't have been as great without her presence.
Coming Soon:  Lou Reed

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