Rock Band Facing Lawsuit Over 1991 Album Cover

Rock Band Facing Lawsuit Over 1991 Album Cover

( – Nirvana’s 1991 “Nevermind” album cover featured a naked baby underwater facing a dollar bill on the end of a fishing line and hook. It has long been considered one of rock music’s most iconic album covers. That baby, now 30 years old, is taking the band and others to court.

On August 24, Spencer Elden filed a lawsuit against Nirvana’s surviving band members, singer Kurt Cobain’s estate, and others claiming the defendants “knowingly produced… child pornography,” leading to “lifelong damages.”

Curiously, Elden has repeatedly recreated the album cover over the years, never naked, however.

Elden spoke with reporters after re-enacting the photo for the album’s 25th anniversary. He said it was “cool but weird” to be a part of rock history without having any memory of the event.

The lawsuit also claims Elden never received any payment for the photograph, and neither he nor his parents signed a release authorizing the use of his image. However, several years ago, his father told NPR he received $200 from the photographer, Kirk Weddle, a friend of his. A few months later, Geffen Records reportedly sent Elden a teddy bear and a platinum album cover.

Elden’s lawsuit asks for $150,000 from each of the 14 defendants for a total of $2.1 million.

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