Richard Witts first met Nico when she appeared on a TV programme he co-presented for BBC 2. She later visited his London apartment to watch a series of films starring her ex-lover Alain Delon. She eventually invited him to write her biography before she died. Richard is now a professor of music at Edge Hill University and consultant to the modern music ensemble, Icebreaker. He is the author of three books: Nico, Virgin Books (1993); Artist Unknown, Little Brown (1999); and The Velvet Underground, Equinox (2008). His lyrics for the post-punk group The Passage were published in 2016 by the poetry publisher Eyewear. Richard has been a television and radio presenter for Granada and the BBC, including contributions to The Essay on Radio 3. He is working on a history of BBC music policy.