Child on cowl of ‘Nevermind’ sues Nirvana alleging little one pornography

Spencer Elden, the man who appears as a naked baby on Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album, is suing the band for the photo of child pornography.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in the US District Court for the Central District of California, accuses Nirvana of violating federal child pornography laws in using the image and is calling for a jury trial.

30-year-old Elden is seeking $ 150,000 in damages from each of the 15 named defendants, including Nirvana, Warner Records, Universal Records, band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, Courtney Love (executor of Kurt Cobain’s estate), Guy Oseary and Heather Parry (as administrators of Cobain’s estate).

Spencer Elden, the man whose unusual baby portrait was used on one of the most iconic album covers of all time, Nirvana’s “Nevermind,” filed a lawsuit alleging that the nude photo portrayed child pornography. The image shown is a cropped version.

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Elden’s attorney said at least 40 or 50 photos were taken at the time, but the image selected showed Elden “like a sex worker – reaching for a dollar bill dangling from a fishhook in front of his bare body.”

The filing claims that Elden and his parents did not sign a release allowing use of the images.

Elden’s lawyer claimed he suffered from the album cover and will continue to suffer lifelong damage.

Elden recreated the photo more than once, most recently for the 25th anniversary of the album. At the time he said he wanted to pose naked, but the photographer “thought it was strange”.

Elden had expressed mixed feelings about the album cover but had never referred to it as child pornography.

According to the lawsuit, Nirvana sold more than 30 million copies of Nevermind.

Universal Media Group and Warner Music Group, the parent company of Warner Records, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Dave Grohl reveals Nirvana’s humble objectives for Nevermind success | Leisure

Dave Grohl has admitted that Nirvana’s goals for Nevermind were to emulate Sonic Youth and then buy their own apartments.

The ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ rocker opened on the group’s iconic 1991 album and was blown away when they showed up to record in Sound City.

He told Uncut magazine, “When we got to Sound City, it was the most legitimate recording studio I had ever been to at the time.

“When we knew the history of this place, we thought, ‘Well, that’s the real deal.’ Other than that, no one thought it was going to be what it was going to be.

“We thought, ‘Hopefully we will achieve the success of a band like Sonic Youth and everyone will have their own apartment!’ That was the extent of our ambitions. “

‘Nevermind’ was the first album Dave has played on since joining the group – completed by Krist Noveselic and Kurt Cobain – and he still can’t grapple with the band’s rise after release.

He said, “Well, I still haven’t figured out the whole damn thing. What I do know is that when we signed with the David Geffen Company and made a video, it felt a bit more professional.

“Now we did in-stores and signed posters. We had a rock video that was on MTV.

“It was starting to feel a bit more legitimate, but it wasn’t until the tour started that I realized, ‘Oh, there’s something going on.’ “

The Foo Fighters frontman admitted that while he doesn’t feel the need to turn off Nirvana’s songs when they come on the radio, he’s not planning anything special to celebrate Nevermind’s 30th anniversary in September.

He explained, “We could plan to meet or jam, but we have nothing specific. I’m sure something will come up.

“Personally? Well, I’m not building an altar for ‘Nevermind!’

“If I’m in traffic in LA listening to the radio, there’s a good chance one of those songs will be on – and I won’t turn it off. I used to do it, but I don’t” no longer. “