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Dave Grohl On NIRVANA Nevermind Model Lawsuit: "He's Got A Nevermind Tattoo. I Don't."

"I feel the same way most people do in that I have to disagree."


Spencer Elden, the model on the cover of Nirvana's classic 1991 Nevermind album, recently filed a lawsuit against the band and everyone involved in the album. Elden and his lawyers claim the iconic cover "intentionally commercially marketed Spencer’s child pornography" and that "Cobain chose the image depicting Spencer — like a sex worker — grabbing for a dollar bill."

The lawsuit recently touched the Nevermind reissues as well when lawyers demanded Nirvana's label UMe use a different cover. Drummer Dave Grohl responded, saying he has "many ideas of how we should alter that cover, but we'll see what happens." Now in an interview with Vulture, Grohl finally commented on the lawsuit itself.

When asked what he thinks about the lawsuit overall, Grohl said "I don't know that I can speak on it because I haven't spent too much time thinking about it. I feel the same way most people do in that I have to disagree. That's all I'll say." The interviewer then asked why Elden would sue if he's recreated the album cover so many times in the past, to which Grohl responded "Listen, he's got a Nevermind tattoo. I don't."

Elden is currently seeking $150,000 each from Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic; Courtney Love, who serves as the executor of Kurt Cobain’s estate; both of the estate's managers Guy Oseary and Heather Parry; photographer Kirk Weddle, who took the initial photo; art director of Nevermind Robert Fisher; and "a number of existing or defunct record companies that released or distributed the album in the last three decades."

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