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Nirvana's Nevermind: an album artwork expert decodes the famous underwater baby cover

By Christopher Vezza, PhD Candidate in Text and Image Studies, University of Glasgow
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In the 30 years since it first appeared, Nirvana’s diamond-selling record Nevermind has seen several re-releases and anniversary special editions. As well as being hugely influential musically, the album has become a visual landmark of alternative popular culture.

But what exactly is the cover art, with its memorable image of a naked underwater baby apparently chasing a dollar on a fishing line, supposed to represent? As…


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