Many people have gotten famous for appearing on the cover artworks of musical albums. Take for example Spencer Elden, the guy who appeared as a three month old baby on the cover of Nirvana’s Nevermind album in 1991. However, it appears that not everyone is enjoying the fact that they’re featured on the cover of a famous band’s album.
Ann Kirsten Kennis sued the indie rock band Vampire Weekend in July 2010 for $2 million. Her daughter had brought Kennis a copy of the band’s album Contra, which featured a snapshot of Kennis from the 1980s. It turned out the band had never asked for the woman’s permission to feature her on the cover of their album. Kennis stated that by the time the snapshot was taken she had been modeling for prestigious New York agencies. According to the lawsuit, Kennis’ signature, which was used on the snapshot’s release forms, was a forged one.
Fortunately for the band, the woman decided to drop her lawsuit after the band’s record label insisted on another kind of settlement. Unfortunately, the news still hit headlines.