7 Times Rock Bands Were Sued By Album Cover Models

One of the biggest controversies in rock music this year has been the court case versus Nirvana by Spencer Elden, who is depicted as a baby on the band’s 1991 album cover It doesn’t matter. But this is not the first time that a group finds itself in this kind of situation.

There have actually been a ton of lawsuits against bands over album covers throughout music history, but to keep things related to the Nirvana and Elden case, we’re focusing on those that have been filed against groups by the people, or models, that are actually featured on the covers.

One of the most famous examples is perhaps The rolling stones‘1978 album Certain girls, which marked their transition to disco and funk rock, and also originally had very famous faces on the cover in addition to the band members. The girl group and their family members sued the Stones, who eventually decided to release a different version of the cover with only the musicians’ faces instead.

“On the original album, there were old-school movie stars, but because we were stupid and never got their permission, we were often blocked 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 his parents are the ones who gave the band consent to use his photo on It doesn’t matter, because he was just a baby during the photo shoot.

However, he has celebrated the album cover for the past few years, so many eyebrows were raised when news broke that he was now claiming the photo was child pornography. Mainly because, as Dave Grohl underline, he has a It doesn’t matter tattoo.

To learn more about other similar cases, scroll through our gallery below.

7 Times Rock Bands Were Sued By Album Cover Models

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