Jennifer Otter Bickerdike goes deep into uncovering what made this complex woman tick ... A labor of love of a biography that highlights the contradictions of a woman who could be charming and monstrous ... Bickerdike’s feminist agenda sits uneasily on Nico, given that the singer steered clear of any kind of ideology ... Nonetheless, the details the author has unearthed shine through. It is a gripping portrait of one of the most fascinating figures in late 20th-century music.
The book does occasionally get bogged down by the sheer number of interviews it tries to squeeze in ... This is a detailed and sympathetic retelling of a life too often dimmed by harsh criticism or careless hearsay.
Jennifer Otter Bickerdike digs deep into the life of one of the strangest and most unlikely singer-songwriters of our time ... Bickerdike’s is a gossipy but informative biography ... The biography is poorly written, with a surfeit of ill-chosen words ... You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone nevertheless grimly absorbs from start to finish.