Christa Paffgen, better know as Nico, was born on this day in 1938. She died in 1988. Here she is singing (and primping to) “I’ll Be Your Mirror” with the Velvet Underground in 1966. You may recall John Edwards’ cover in 2007.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.