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The Nirvana Baby Speaks

"Everyone out there in the world has seen my penis already."

By Seattle Met Staff September 20, 2011

Spencer Elden, aka the Nirvana Baby, in 1991, 2008, and 2010.

Originally published September 2011.

"My nickname is the Baby or Nirvana Baby; that’s because I’m the baby on the cover of the Nirvana album…. Everyone out there in the world has seen my penis already. Or my baby penis. My parents were going to art school with the photographer Kirk Weddle. So they kind of supported him. And then he got this portfolio together of underwater photography. And his first big job was this Nirvana baby shoot…. Well I was just born, so they went down to the local pool and threw me in the drink…. A couple months later they were driving down the road and they were like, “Hey look, there’s my baby on a billboard."
Spencer Elden, the model on the cover of Nirvana’s Nevermind, which was released 20 years ago on September 24. Elden was interviewed by film editor Barry O’Donnell last year.

Not everyone was as…um, intimately involved with Nevermind as Spencer Elden, but we all probably have a Nirvana story. Was "Smells Like Teen Spirit" the first song you learned to play on the guitar? Did you see the band at Evergreen State College, or when Krist Novoselic was still Chris? When was the first time you heard Nirvana? Let us know in the comments below.

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