January 24, 2022

the “baby” of the Nevermind album files a new complaint against the group

Nirvana credit:Bang Showbiz

Spencer Elden, who appeared on Nirvana’s famous “Nevermind” album cover in 1991, filed a second lawsuit against the group despite their earlier lawsuit being dismissed. According to him, the photo that was taken of him for the purposes of this record constituted exploitation and child pornography.

Spencer, who is now 30, had already sued the last members of the group (Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic) as well as the succession of Kurt Cobain last August, a lawsuit which was rejected by a judge a few weeks ago. Dissatisfied, he filed a new complaint in which he claims that the band and several record companies “intentionally sold child pornography with this image and used the daring look of this photo to better sell their album.”

In January, representatives for Nirvana and Kurt Cobain’s estate said in a statement released by Digital News: “Elden has spent three decades building on his fame as the self-proclaimed ‘baby of Nirvana’. He has reproduced the photograph in exchange for payment on numerous occasions; he had the title of the Nevermind album tattooed on his chest; he appeared on a talk show wearing a self-parodying nude romper; he autographed copies of the album cover for sale on eBay; and he used his connection to Nirvana to try to hook up with women. Elden’s claim that the Nevermind album cover photograph is ‘child pornography’ is, on its face, not serious. A brief review of photography, or Elden’s own conduct (not to mention the presence of photography in the homes of millions of Americans who, according to Elden’s theory, are guilty of criminal possession of child pornography) the clearly shows. Nevermind’s cover photo was taken in 1991. It was world famous by 1992 at the latest. Long before 2011, as Elden pleaded, Elden knew of the photo’s existence, and knew that he (and not someone else, editor’s note) was the baby in the photo. He was fully aware of the facts of both the alleged ‘violation’ and the ‘harm’ for decades. ”