One of the biggest controversies in rock music this year has been the trial vs Nirvana by Spencer Elden, who is portrayed as a baby on the band’s 1991 album cover It does not matter. But this is not the first time that a group has found itself in this kind of situation.
There have actually been a ton of lawsuits against bands for album covers throughout music history, but to keep things related to the case of Nirvana and Elden, we’re focusing on the ones that have. been brought against groups by the people, or models, which are in fact featured on the covers.
Perhaps one of the best-known examples is The rolling stones‘1978 album Certain girls, which marked their transition to disco and funk rock, and also originally had some very famous faces on the cover besides the band members. The women’s group and their family members sued the Stones, who ultimately decided to release a different version of the cover with only the faces of the musicians.
“On the original album there were old-fashioned movie stars, but because we were stupid and never got permission from them, we were often prevented from using them.” Mick jagger said later Yahoo! of the work of art.
This is a situation where the band did not ask for permission to use the images, which is also the case for several others on our list. However, Elden’s case is unique in that her parents are the ones who gave the group’s consent to use her photo on It does not matter, because he was just a baby at the photoshoot.
However, he has been celebrating the album cover in recent years, so a lot of eyebrows rose when news broke that he now claims the photo was child pornography. Mainly because, like Dave grohl underline, he has a It does not matter tattoo.
To learn more about other similar cases, scroll through our gallery below.
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