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Court Revives Lawsuit Over Nirvana's Nevermind Cover

Man featured, as a naked baby, on the cover says it was sexual exploitation

(Newser) - A federal appeals court on Thursday revived a child sexual exploitation lawsuit filed by the man who appeared naked as a 4-month-old on the cover of Nirvana's 1991 album Nevermind, the AP reports. Spencer Elden's lawsuit against the grunge rock group alleges that he has suffered "permanent...

Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Over Nevermind Cover

Spencer Elden plans appeal after court finds statute of limitations had expired

(Newser) - A lawsuit brought by Spencer Elden, who appeared as a naked infant in the cover photo for Nirvana's Nevermind album in 1991, has been dismissed by a California judge. That's happened before , and Elden appealed. His lawyers told CNN on Friday that they'll appeal this decision, as...

Iconic Kurt Cobain Guitar Sells for Staggering Price

Electric guitar from 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' video went for $4.5M

(Newser) - The electric guitar Kurt Cobain used in the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" music video was auctioned Sunday, and the iconic instrument sold for the staggering sum of $4.5 million. That's quite a bit more than the pre-auction estimate of $600,000, Variety reports. After a bidding war,...

Lawsuit of 'Nirvana Baby' Dismissed—for Now
After Hiccup,
'Nirvana Baby'
Is Still Suing

After Hiccup, 'Nirvana Baby' Is Still Suing

Spencer Elden meets judge's deadline to file amended lawsuit

(Newser) - Update: The "Nevermind baby," now a 30-year-old man, is still suing Nirvana over the iconic album cover. Spencer Elden's complaint was dismissed earlier this month on a technicality, and late Wednesday Elden's legal team filed an amended complaint to reinstate the claims, Rolling Stone reports. The...

We Might Change Cover of Nirvana's Nevermind: Dave Grohl

Spencer Elden sued, leading to drummer's statement

(Newser) - Update: The 30-year-old who was once the baby that appears on the iconic cover for Nirvana's Nevermind album says the naked image of him is "child porn," and now Dave Grohl says the cover might change as a result. "I have many ideas of how we...

What It Was Like to Be Friends With Kurt Cobain
The Moment I Met
Kurt Cobain, I Knew

The Moment I Met Kurt Cobain, I Knew

Writer Michael Azerrad remembers their friendship, his sense the singer would die young

(Newser) - There's no shortage of adjectives that could be used to describe Michael Azerrad's deep dive into his friendship with Kurt Cobain for the New Yorker : insightful, tender, moving, painful, eye-opening, honest. Azerrad met the singer and Courtney Love in 1992 while on assignment for Rolling Stone, and he...

On 30th Anniversary, Courtney Love Opens Up on Nevermind
Changed Seattle.
Then It 'Shook
the World'

Nevermind Changed Seattle. Then It 'Shook the World'

Kurt Cobain widow Courtney Love, Dave Grohl, others mark 30th anniversary of Nirvana's hit album

(Newser) - It was the album that helped catapult grunge and the Seattle music scene onto the national stage. Now, on the 30th anniversary of the release of Nirvana's Nevermind, the band's second studio album, frontman Kurt Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, talks to the Los Angeles Times and admits...

FBI Quietly Releases File on Kurt Cobain

The slim file, only 10 pages, is available online

(Newser) - Kurt Cobain has now been gone for as long as he was alive. The rock legend was 27 when he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound 27 years ago, on April 5, 1994. And for almost all 27 of those years, conspiracy theories have circulated around his death. Get ready...

Cobain's Unplugged Guitar Smashes World Record

It fetched $6M at Beverly Hills auction

(Newser) - The guitar Kurt Cobain played during Nirvana's legendary MTV Unplugged performance less than five months before his death sold for $6 million Saturday, obliterating the record set last year by the sale of Pink Floyd member David Gilmour's iconic black Stratocaster. Gilmour's guitar went for $3.95...

A Big Milestone for an Iconic Song
A Big Milestone
for an Iconic Song

A Big Milestone for an Iconic Song

'Smells Like Teen Spirit' now has 1B views on YouTube

(Newser) - It came along well before YouTube even existed, but Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" has nonetheless just cracked a milestone on the site. The 1991 song has now been viewed 1 billion times, reports Loudwire . The grunge anthem wasn't uploaded to YouTube until June of 2009, notes...

Come as You Are: Unwashed Cobain Cardigan Fetches $334K

Late singer wore the sweater when Nirvana recorded 'Unplugged' album

(Newser) - It is, as the BBC puts it, a "stained, cigarette-burned cardigan unwashed in nearly three decades," and had you been a little more on top of the situation, it could have been yours for $334,000 on Saturday. The olive green, mohair cardigan in question commanded such a...

Cobain's Iconic Sweater, Never Washed, Is Up for Auction

Nirvana frontman wore the cardigan during MTV Unplugged performance

(Newser) - The iconic cardigan Kurt Cobain wore during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance is going up for auction again. The green sweater already sold for $137,500 through Julien’s Auctions in 2015, and is going back on the auction block Oct. 25—when it's expected to fetch up to...

Uncashed Royalty Check to Kurt Cobain Is Smaller Than You Think

It was for $26, just before the Nirvana made it big

(Newser) - A record store owner in Seattle has stumbled on papers that belonged to the late Kurt Cobain before he became a household name. Matt Vaughan of Easy Street Records bought a collection of Nirvana's tour itineraries back in 1993 but it wasn't until last week that he found...

Paper Plate That Once Held Kurt Cobain's Pizza Sells for $22K

Plate with Nirvana set list that Cobain scrawled on the back is 'a piece of history'

(Newser) - On April 23, 1990, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain enjoyed a slice of pre-show pizza, then scribbled a set list on the back of the paper plate the pizza once sat on. Someone has now purchased that plate, its black-marker scrawl intact, for a whole lot of money. Julien's Auctions...

Proof Cobain Was Ahead of His Time: Read His Liner Notes

He instructed racists, homophobes, and sexists not to be Nirvana fans

(Newser) - The last time Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg saw Kurt Cobain, the musician was "really stoned"—as might be expected at an intervention. Seven or eight people had gathered to plead with the Nirvana frontman to enter treatment for heroin addiction. Cobain was "not happy, and feeling invaded,...

Kurt Cobain Just Turned 50

Frances Bean
Leads Tributes 
on Cobain's 50th

Frances Bean Leads Tributes on Cobain's 50th

Daughter left Nirvana frontman a handwritten note on Instagram

(Newser) - It's hard to reconcile the image of grunge rocker with AARP membership eligibility, but what would've been Kurt Cobain's 50th birthday arrived Monday, and the internet proved it hadn't forgotten about the Nirvana frontman. The Washington state native—who once called his sleepy hometown of Aberdeen...

Old Reel on eBay Yields 2 New Nirvana Recordings

One might feature Kurt Cobain on drums

(Newser) - A Nirvana fan has unearthed a previously unreleased seven-track recording on eBay from 1993, just before the band recorded its third and final studio album, In Utero. The label on the reel includes the date and "Pachyderm Studios," where it was recorded, reports Alternative Nation , which notes that...

Lawsuit Seeking Kurt Cobain Death Photos Is Tossed Out

Conspiracy theorist vows to try again

(Newser) - Graphic photos of Kurt Cobain's death won't be released to the public, at least for now. A judge yesterday dismissed the lawsuit of a conspiracy theorist who insists that the images should be released because they'll prove Cobain was murdered, reports Reuters . Cobain's widow and daughter,...

Epic Find: Photos of Nirvana's First Concert

Pictures from nearly 30 years ago surface on Twitter

(Newser) - Most teens don't find music history in their dad's stuff, but Maggie Poukkula's dad is Seattle musician Tony Poukkula, who was a friend of Kurt Cobain. Her find? Photos of Nirvana's first concert, performed by then 20-year-old Cobain and his new band in March 1987 in...

Ex-Cop: I'd Reopen Case to See If Love Killed Cobain

Former Seattle chief thinks new movie's conspiracy theory should be fleshed out

(Newser) - Conspiracy theories have long swirled around the 1994 death of Kurt Cobain, but the latest film documentary about the Nirvana frontman has Courtney Love filing cease-and-desist letters and the ex-police chief of Seattle saying he'd reopen the case if he were still in charge, Spin reports. In Soaked in ...

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