Dave Grohl has hinted that the coverage of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” may change.
The iconic artwork features then-four-month-old Spencer Elden naked in a swimming pool looking for a dollar bill, but the subject recently filed a lawsuit alleging the image was child pornography and insisting that her parents had not signed a waiver authorizing the use of her image on the cover.
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“NEVERMIND” REDITIONS MAY HAVE DIFFERENT COVERAGE
The band’s former drummer suggested the cover could be “edited” for future reissues after Spencer requested that his genitals be censored in all subsequent releases.
He told The Sunday Times magazine:
“I have a lot of ideas on how we should change this coverage, but we’ll see what happens. We will let you know. I’m sure we’ll find something good.
But the leader of the Foo Fighters tries not to pay too much attention to the legal feud.
“I think there is a lot more to hope for and a lot more to experience than getting bogged down in this stuff. And, luckily, I don’t have to do the paperwork, ”he added.
Next month, a 30th anniversary reissue of the classic album will be released and pre-orders are currently available on the Nirvana website, with the uncensored image on the artwork.
THE LEGAL BATTLE OF THE “NEVERMIND” COVER
Although U.S. law does not generally consider non-sexualized images of infants to be child pornography, Spencer’s lawyer Robert Y. Lewis has previously argued that the overlaid dollar bill makes the baby look like “a baby”. sex worker ”.
It was also alleged that the group had promised to cover her genitals with a sticker, but this has not been confirmed.
Elden claimed he had “suffered and will continue to suffer damage for life” because of the artwork.
Besides “extreme and permanent emotional distress”, he also claims to have experienced “interference with his normal development and academic progress” and to have received “medical and psychological treatment”.
The LP is one of the band’s most iconic records, and boasts the hit singles Smells like Teen Spirit and Come as you are.
He sought damages of $ 150,000 (£ 109,000) from each of the 15 defendants named in the lawsuit, which includes photographer Kirk Weddle, widow of late singer Kurt Cobain Courtney Love, the managers of his estate and the surviving band members Dave and Krist Novoselic.
In the past, Elden has recreated both teenage and album cover – while wearing a swimsuit – for the album’s 10th, 20th, and 25th birthdays, and at different times he has described the photo as both “positive” or something that felt like his “human rights” were being revoked.
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