Guitar Kurt Cobain Used In Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Video To Be Sold At Auction

The guitar Kurt Cobain used in Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video is set to be auctioned off as part of Julien’s Auctions’ “Music Icons” auction. That event will take place at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York, NY on May 20-22. Fans will also be able to participate online. The “1969 Fender Mustang left-handed guitar in Competition Lake Placid blue finish with matching headstock” is estimated to fetch between $600,000 to $800,000 during the auction. Notably, a portion of the proceeds from the instrument and other select Cobain items will go towards “Kicking The Stigma” in an effort to raise awareness about mental health disorders.

Nirvana Fire Back At “Nevermind” Baby: “This Case Must End”

As previously reported, Spencer Elden, the man who appeared on the cover of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” as a baby, recently refiled his lawsuit against the band after a judge dismissed his initial complaint. Now, according to Rolling Stone, the band have fired back, saying “this case must end.”

Nirvana said the following:

“No amendment is possible to salvage [Elden’s] claim. In his ever-shrinking pleading, Elden has now dismissed all but one of the myriad state- and federal-law claims he previously attempted to charge against defendants. The time has run. Elden’s decision to not sue these defendants for the past 30 years, despite his decades-long knowledge of their same and unvaried conduct, is dispositive of his claim. It is as simple as that.”

Judge Fernando M. Olguin, who was presiding over the case at the U.S. District Court in Central California, previously dismissed the case after Elden failed to make a December 30, 2021 deadline to file an opposition to the defendants’ motion to dismiss. However, the dismissal was made “with leave to amend,” so Elden was able to issue another amended complaint before January 13, 2022.

The revised suit still claimed that Nirvana “intentionally commercially marketed the child pornography depicting Spencer and leveraged the lascivious nature of his image to promote the Nevermind album, the band, and Nirvana’s music, while earning, at a minimum, tens of millions of dollars in the aggregate.” However, the sex trafficking claims were ultimately dropped. It is unclear what Elden is currently seeking, but the previous suit said he wanted a minimum of $150,000 per defendant.

In their previous motion to dismiss, Nirvana and Kurt Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, claimed that Elden’s child pornography allegations are “not serious” and that they are “barred by the applicable statute of limitations.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rare Live Photos Of Nirvana To Be Sold As NFTs

28 never-before-seen live photos of Nirvana will be sold as NFTs on February 20 via Pop Legendz. The pictures were taken by photographer Faith West during the band’s October 1, 1991 show at J.C. Dobbs in Philadelphia, PA.

West commented:

“At the club that night, the air was thick with anticipation. There was a buzz of excitement that said something awesome was about to transpire. Also, there was a sense of joy emanating from Cobain in his raucous guitar licks and the transcendent longing of his vocals…I can still hear the echo of the fuzzy guitar, and feel the energy in the room, when I recall it now, three decades later.”

More details on the NFTs were shared via Blabbermouth:

“For high-end music collectors, four unique one-of-a-kind NFTs made from 10 never-before-seen images have been selected to be sold, auction-style, with bids beginning at 67 Ethereum (currently valued at a quarter million U.S. dollars) for the GIF artworks. These buyers will also receive a framed 16″ x 24” fine-art print of one image, signed by the photographer. Additionally, these 10 images that make up the artworks will be auctioned off individually as NFTs, both in black-and-white and in acid-washed color versions.

For fans of NIRVANA — the band that altered the course of rock history forever — there’s the “Nirvana Fan Club,” a sale of limited-edition NFTs for fans: 150 lucky NIRVANA fans have the ability to purchase 10 GIF artworks as NFTs, crafted from four images, at $499 (U.S.) each, plus 150 copies of each of 17 still images will be sold for $99 (U.S.) each, in both black and white and acid-washed color.

Half of all proceeds from both sales benefit The Trevor Project, a non-profit assisting at-risk LGBTQ+ youth to prevent suicides. Part of the remainder of the proceeds will benefit Grid Alternatives, bringing solar power to working poor families, tackling both climate change and income inequality.”

Nirvana “Nevermind” Baby Refiles Lawsuit Against Band

According to Rolling Stone, Spencer Elden, the man who appeared on the cover of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” as a baby, has refiled his lawsuit against the band. This news comes shortly after a judge dismissed the initial suit.

As previously reported, Judge Fernando M. Olguin, who was presiding over the case at the U.S. District Court in Central California, dismissed the case after Elden failed to make a December 30 deadline to file an opposition to the defendants’ motion to dismiss. However, the dismissal was made “with leave to amend,” so Elden was able to issue another amended complaint before January 13, which he has since done.

The revised suit still claims Nirvana “intentionally commercially marketed the child pornography depicting Spencer and leveraged the lascivious nature of his image to promote the Nevermind album, the band, and Nirvana’s music, while earning, at a minimum, tens of millions of dollars in the aggregate.” However, the sex trafficking claims have now been dropped. It is unclear what Elden is currently seeking, but the previous suit said he wanted a minimum of $150,000 per defendant.

In their motion to dismiss, Nirvana and Kurt Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, claimed that Elden’s child pornography allegations are “not serious” and that they are “barred by the applicable statute of limitations.”

Nirvana “Nevermind” Baby Lawsuit Dismissed By Judge

As previously reported, Spencer Elden, the man who appeared on the cover art for Nirvana’s “Nevermind” as a baby, filed a lawsuit against the surviving members of the band, the estate of the late Kurt Cobain, photographer Kirk Weddle, and more last year due to child sexual exploitation and violations of federal child pornography statutes. Now, Variety are reporting that Judge Fernando M. Olguin has officially dismissed the suit.

Olguin, who was presiding over the case at the U.S. District Court in Central California, made his decision after Elden missed a December 30 deadline to file his opposition to the defendants’ motion to dismiss. However, the dismissal was made “with leave to amend,” so Elden will have a chance to issue a another amended complaint before January 13. If he fails to do so, the suit will be dismissed without prejudice. If he does make the deadline, the defendants’ lawyers will have two weeks to reply.

This news comes after Nirvana and Kurt Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming that Elden’s child pornography allegations are “not serious” and that they are “barred by the applicable statute of limitations.”

This news also comes after Elden previously amended the suit. The updated complaint, which no longer listed ex-drummer Chad Channing, Warner Music, Heather Parry, Guy Oseary as defendants, still claimed that the photo was meant to “trigger a visceral sexual response from the viewer.” It also went on to say that Weddle took other photos of Spencer, including ones which found him dressed as late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Some of Cobain‘s personal journals were cited as well.

Elden also claimed that the photo has caused “extreme and permanent emotional distress” and that his guardians never authorized its use. As a result, he was seeking at least $150,000 from each defendant.

Elden‘s lawyer Maggie Mabie was also demanding to have Universal remove his genitalia from all future releases of the album. However, the 30th anniversary edition of the record was still released with the cover intact.

Nirvana File Motion To Dismiss “Nevermind” Baby Lawsuit

As previously reported, Spencer Elden, the man who appeared on the cover art for Nirvana’s “Nevermind” as a baby, recently filed a lawsuit against the surviving members of the band, the estate of the late Kurt Cobain, photographer Kirk Weddle, etc. due to child sexual exploitation and violations of federal child pornography statutes. Now, the band have responded by filing a motion to dismiss the suit.

The group and Kurt Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, said Elden’s child pornography claims are “not serious” and that they are “barred by the applicable statute of limitations.” The following was also added in the motion:

“Elden has spent three decades profiting from his celebrity as the self-anointed ‘Nirvana Baby.’ He has reenacted the photograph in exchange for a fee, many times; he has had the album title ‘Nevermind’ tattooed across his chest; he has appeared on a talk show wearing a self-parodying, nude-colored onesie; he has autographed copies of the album cover for sale on eBay; and he has used the connection to try to pick up women.

Elden’s claim that the photograph on the ‘Nevermind’ album cover is ‘child pornography’ is, on its face, not serious. A brief examination of the photograph, or Elden’s own conduct (not to mention the photograph’s presence in the homes of millions of Americans who, on Elden’s theory, are guilty of felony possession of child pornography) makes that clear.

The ‘Nevermind’ cover photograph was taken in 1991. It was world-famous by no later than 1992. Long before 2011, as Elden has pled, Elden knew about the photograph, and knew that he (and not someone else) was the baby in the photograph. He has been fully aware of the facts of both the supposed ‘violation’ and ‘injury’ for decades.

In addition to his child pornography claim, Elden has alleged that the creation of the photograph for the album cover art entailed the sex trafficking of Elden when he was a baby. Setting aside that this premise is absurd, the statute Elden invokes to cover conduct in 1991, became effective on December 19, 2003 and has no retroactive application to conduct by a defendant that pre-dates its effective date.”

This news comes after Elden recently amended the suit. The updated complaint, which no longer lists ex-drummer Chad Channing, Warner Music, Heather Parry, Guy Oseary as defendants, still claimed that the photo was meant to “trigger a visceral sexual response from the viewer.” It went on to say that Weddle also took other photos of Spencer, including ones which found him dressed as late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Some of Cobain‘s personal journals were cited as well:

“Undated journals written by Cobain sketch the album cover in a sexual manner, with semen all over it. In several instances, the journals describe Cobain’s twisted vision for the Nevermind album cover, along with his emotional struggles: ‘I like to make incisions into the belly of infants then fuck the incision until the child dies.’”

Elden also claimed that the photo has caused “extreme and permanent emotional distress” and that his guardians never authorized its use. As a result, he was seeking at least $150,000 from each defendant.

Elden‘s lawyer Maggie Mabie was also demanding to have Universal remove his genitalia from all future releases of the album. However, the 30th anniversary edition of the record was still released with the cover intact.

[via Blabbermouth]

Baby On Nirvana’s “Nevermind” Cover Amends His Lawsuit Against The Band

As previously reported, Spencer Elden, the man who appeared on the cover art for Nirvana’s “Nevermind” as a baby, recently filed a lawsuit against the surviving members of the band, the estate of the late Kurt Cobain, photographer Kirk Weddle, etc. due to child sexual exploitation and violations of federal child pornography statutes. Now, Rolling Stone are reporting that the suit has been amended.

The amended suit, which no longer lists ex-drummer Chad Channing, Warner Music, Heather Parry, Guy Oseary as defendants, still alleges that the photo was meant to “trigger a visceral sexual response from the viewer.” It went on to say that Weddle also took other photos of Spencer, including ones which found him dressed as late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Some of Cobain‘s personal journals have since been cited as well:

“Undated journals written by Cobain sketch the album cover in a sexual manner, with semen all over it. In several instances, the journals describe Cobain’s twisted vision for the Nevermind album cover, along with his emotional struggles: ‘I like to make incisions into the belly of infants then fuck the incision until the child dies.’”

Elden is still claiming that the photo has caused “extreme and permanent emotional distress” and that his guardians never authorized its use. He is currently seeking at least $150,000 from each defendant.

This news comes after Elden‘s lawyer Maggie Mabie demanded to have Universal remove his genitalia from all future releases of the album. However, the 30th anniversary edition of the record was still released with the cover intact.

Judge Dismisses Copyright Suit Against Nirvana Over Dante’s “Inferno” Illustration

As previously reported, Jocelyn Susan Bundy, the granddaughter of artist C.W. Scott-Giles, recently filed a lawsuit against Nirvana after an illustration that her grandfather created for a translation of Dante’s “Inferno” was used on various pieces of merchandise. Now, according to Reuters, the complaint has officially been dismissed. U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer made the decision, saying that it would make more sense to take the case to the United Kingdom. However, he went on to say that the dismissal is contingent on Nirvana agreeing to U.K. jurisdiction if Bundy files a suit there.

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Nirvana Stream Live Version Of “Lithium” From 1992 Triple J Performance In Melbourne, Australia

Nirvana have shared a live recording of “Lithium” from a 1992 performance they did for Triple J in Melbourne, Australia. The track will appear on the 30th anniversary edition of the band’s 1991 album “Nevermind,“ which is set to be released on November 12. More details on that effort can be found HERE.

Nirvana’s Dave Grohl On “Nevermind” Album Artwork: “I Have Many Ideas Of How We Should Alter That Cover”

Nirvana’s Dave Grohl has revealed that he has “many ideas” for an alternate “Nevermind” cover. His comments come after Spencer Elden, the man who appeared on the record as a baby, demanded to have the artwork changed.

As previously reported, Elden filed a lawsuit against the surviving members of the band, the estate of the late Kurt Cobain, photographer Kirk Weddle, DGC Records, and more due to child sexual exploitation and violations of federal child pornography statutes. His lawyer, Maggie Mabie, also demanded to have Universal remove his genitalia from all future releases of the album, including the upcoming 30th anniversary edition (out November 12).

Considering the current controversy, Grohl told The Sunday Times the following:

“I have many ideas of how we should alter that cover, but we’ll see what happens. We’ll let you know. I’m sure we’ll come up with something good.”

He continued when asked about the lawsuit:

“I think that there’s much more to look forward to and much more to life than getting bogged down in those kinds of things. And, fortunately, I don’t have to do the paperwork.”

[via Blabbermouth]