Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album cover is one of the most well-known throughout the history of music, featuring a naked baby swimming after a dollar on a fishing hook. However, the now all-grown-up Spencer Elden, aged 30, has filed a lawsuit against the two surviving members of the band and Kurt Cobain’s estate. He claims that neither he nor his guardians consented to his image being used for the album. He is also suing for the violation of federal child pornography laws.
Elden claims that he has suffered lifelong damages as a result of the photo. It seems as though his feelings about his inclusion in the cover have changed over the years, as he has previously recreated the image and has the title of the album tattooed on his chest. The had even told The Guardian in 2015 that it opened up doors for him and was an overall positive thing. Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Cobain’s estate have not yet commented publicly about the filing, which also features lawsuits against photographer Kris Weddle and the band’s label.
Photo Source: The Guardian, BBC