There is something hauntingly romantic about the Jackson Browne song, “The Birds of St. Marks”.
“This is a song I always heard as a Byrds song, and that was even part of the writing of the song because Nico loved the Byrds. She even said on a couple of occasions, ‘Oh, you can play something like Jim McGuinn?’”
“The Birds of St. Marks” was originally written in 1967 when Jackson Browne was 18 and returning home to California after a brief stint living in New York where he was recording with Nico. A time of innocence and lost love. A time of youth.
Nico: Chelsea Girl
Three of Jackson Browne’s first songs were recorded on Nico’s solo album. He played electric guitar on her recording as suggested by Andy Warhol to create a modern sound.
- These Days
- Fairest of the Seasons
- Somewhere There’s A Feather
St. Marks Place Landmarks – East Village, New York City
St. Marks Place was a vibrant community in the late sixties and early seventies. It’s still a happening scene today.
#13 – Home to Lenny Bruce in the mid-1960s.
#19-#25 – The Dom, Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey turned The Dom into a nightclub in 1966, which served as a showcase for the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Warhol’s multimedia stage show for the Velvet Underground.
#19-#25 – Became The Electric Circus. Billy Joel filmed his video, “A Matter of Trust” (1986) inside The Electric Circus.
131 Second Avenue (corner St. Marks Place), Gem Spa – Home of the Egg Cream 😉
#96 & #98 – The Led Zeppelin album Physical Graffiti features a front and back cover design that depicts these two buildings, which feature carved faces. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger are in front of same building in the Rolling Stones music video “Waiting on a Friend“.