Nirvana


‘Nevermind’ Baby Is Still Suing Nirvana

Rolling Stone Magazine
The man pictured as the naked baby on Nirvana’s Nevermind album cover has revived his “child pornography” lawsuit against the band after it was dismissed by a federal judge in California last week. Spencer Elden filed his second amended complaint late Wednesday, meeting a deadline set by Judge Fernando M. Olguin to reinstate the claims. The judge previously tossed the case Jan. 3 on the grounds Elden had failed to respond to a motion to dismiss filed by Nirvana and the other defendants last month. In his new filing, Elden, now 30, drops his claim related to ...

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Nirvana Attorneys Seek Dismissal of ‘Nevermind’ ‘Child Porn’ Lawsuit, Calling It Too Late and Too ‘Absurd’

Attorneys for the members of Nirvana have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed in August by the man who was the “naked baby” on the cover of the 1991 “Nevermind” album, on the basis that the legal arguments that the image constitutes child pornography are decades too late as well as too silly. Elden’s lawyers at Marsh Law issued a response to Variety, writing in part: “In 1991, Nirvana exploited Spencer’s inability to consent as an infant, and today, the band and Universal Music Group (UMG) continue to prioritize profits over our client Spencer ...

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Nirvana’s Lawyers Call ‘Nevermind’ Baby’s Lawsuit Meritless

Rolling Stone Magazine
Nirvana’s legal team has finally responded to the lawsuit filed by the Nevermind baby this past summer, writing in a response filed Wednesday that Spencer Elden’s child pornography claims are both meritless and well past the statute of limitations. Elden’s lawyers at Marsh Law told Rolling Stone Thursday in a statement, “In 1991, Nirvana exploited Spencer’s inability to consent as an infant, and today, the band and Universal Music Group (UMG) continue to prioritize profits over our client Spencer Elden’s right to consent, ...

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Amended ‘Nevermind’ Lawsuit Dredges Up Cobain Journal Entries, Says Baby Also Shot as Hugh Hefner

Rolling Stone Magazine
A new version of the lawsuit accusing Nirvana of child pornography claims the photographer hired to take the naked baby photo used on Nevermind’s cover also shot images of the same baby, Spencer Elden, styled to look like Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Elden, now 30, added the allegation to his amended complaint filed Monday. The new filing also drops former Nirvana drummer Chad Channing as a defendant in the case, and dredges up disturbing journal entries attributed to late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. The new complaint, filed in ...

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30 years later, Nirvana should be held responsible for child pornography, exploitation

Nirvana’s ubiquitous "Nevermind" album cover features a naked baby as he floats underwater desperately grasping for money. It is on T-shirts worn by Instagram influencers, puzzles, posters and reissued CDs and records –  like the one Nirvana plans to release this month. For many, the long-controversial image represents a band synonymous with the 1990s. Many forget that the baby pictured has his own story. His name is Spencer Elden.  He never asked to be a pop culture icon. And he has nowhere to hide from what he considers the ...

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Dave Grohl suggests Nirvana could alter controversial Nevermind cover

Dave Grohl has “many ideas” to change the cover artwork for Nirvana’s Nevermind album. The group’s second album, released in 1991, is an all-time classic, but courted controversy after Spencer Elden, the child who appears in the artwork, sued later singer Kurt Cobain’s estate over the nude image. He alleged the snap was an example of child pornography and sexual exploitation and, in response, Grohl told Britain’s The Sunday Times newspaper it could be altered in the future. “I have many ideas of how we should alter that cover but we’ll ...

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Baby on Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Album Cover Pleads to Censor His Genitalia From 30th Anniversary Artwork

Spencer Elden, the naked swimming baby on Nirvana's iconic 1991 album Nevermind cover, is pleading with the band on the album's 30th anniversary to have the artwork revealing his genitalia to be altered. While fans, next-gen artists and the landmark album's producer Butch Vig are reflecting on the anniversary of Nevermind, which was released 30 years ago on Sept. 24, 1991, via DGC Records, Elden continues his fight over the naked photo of him as an infant. Now, he wants the image on all future reissues of the album -- some ...

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NIRVANA’S ‘NEVERMIND’ ALBUM Grown-Up Baby Begs … NIX GENITALIA ALBUM COVER FOR 30TH ANNY EDITIONS!!!

Universal Music is on the verge of commemorating the 30th anniversary of Nirvana's "Nevermind" with several multi-format reissues ... but the grown-up baby on the iconic album cover has one message -- don't use the damn genitalia pic!!! Spencer Elden -- the man who was the naked baby pictured in a swimming pool on Nirvana's 1991 iconic album cover -- has already sued over the image. His lawyer, Maggie Mabie, tells TMZ ... she's demanding Universal redact the image of Elden's genitalia from all future album covers. What's more ... Mabie says it's time to ...

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Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Still Provokes a Debate Over Decency

“Lascivious” or “edgy”? That’s the question raised by the lawsuit filed by Spencer Elden, now 30 years old, who as a baby was featured on the cover of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album, swimming naked after a dollar bill that dangles before him on a fishhook. Elden argues that the image is pornographic and that, as an infant, he was forced to engage in commercial sex. Still, even early on there were dissenters. Writing in the New York Times in 1994, the acclaimed fashion journalist Suzy Menkes pointed to the “Nevermind” cover art as part of a fashion ...

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The Nirvana baby is all grown up and ready to sue

On August 24, Spencer Elden filed a case to sue the rock band Nirvana.  A lot of people might not know his name, but they’ve most likely seen his face (or at least his baby face). One of Elden’s baby photos includes that of him submerged underwater and grabbing at a digitally imposed image of a bill on a hook.  The album has generally been known as a statement on capitalism, but Elden’s lawyer, Robert Y. Lewis, describes the image of Elden in that photo as “like a sex worker” as he reaches out for the bill while nude underwater. “Defendants ...

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