Dave Grohl Responds To Litigation Over Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Album Cover: ‘Much More Alive’

Dave Grohl speaks out.

In August, Spencer Elden – who appeared naked on Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album cover as a baby – filed a lawsuit against Grohl, the estate of Kurt Cobain and several others associated with the rock band.

In the suit, Elden claimed those named in the suit sexually exploited him when they took advantage of his naked effigy. He also claims that the image is child porn.

Those facing a lawsuit have relatively kept quiet since the news broke, but Grohl, the band’s drummer, has broken his silence.

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Dave Grohl has spoken out after being sued over the album cover of his former band Nirvana's 'Nevermind'.

Dave Grohl has spoken out after being sued over the album cover of his former band Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’.
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“I think there’s a lot more to look forward to and a lot more to life than getting bogged down in that sort of thing,” he told The Sunday Times when asked about the suit, per the Daily Mail.

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The musician added: “And luckily I don’t have to do the paperwork.”

The 52-year-old said he has a potential plan to avoid the tension for the upcoming 30th anniversary reissue.

Nirvans' 'Nevermind' album art shows Spencer Elden as a naked baby.

Nirvans’ ‘Nevermind’ album art shows Spencer Elden as a naked baby.
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“I have a lot of ideas about how we should change that coverage, but we’ll see what happens. We’ll let you know,” he explained. “I’m sure we’ll come up with something good.”

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Elden has claimed in the lawsuit that he suffered “permanent damage” for his involvement in the album, and he is seeking $150,000 from each of the 15 people named in the lawsuit, which also includes Krist Novoselic, Courtney Love and photographer Kirk Weddle.

Kurt Cobain's estate was also named in the lawsuit.

Kurt Cobain’s estate was also named in the lawsuit.
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“Nevermind” was released on September 24, 1991 and featured two of Nirvana’s biggest hits: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Come As You Are”.

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In the years since its release, Elden has recreated the photo – though never naked – to celebrate several anniversaries of the release.

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