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Analysis of an album cover: Nirvana - Nevermind

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Hannah Cochrane

on 23 October 2013

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Transcript of Analysis of an album cover: Nirvana - Nevermind

Different readings
Preferred reading

Audiences may be shocked by the image of a naked baby on the cover, and the band might have wanted people to react this way. It may also purposely offend right wing capitalist politicians.
Negotiated reading

Some people may view the cover as appropriate and can see why others might have a preferred reading.
Oppositional reading

The audience may like the idea of the main image.
Possible connotations
The album cover could connote how greedy we can be and how money has the potential to corrupt people. The baby could imply wealth and a thirst for power from a very young age (semantic code)
Chasing the American Dream:
The baby looks as though he is chasing the Dollar note, hereby suggesting chasing after the American Dream.
The image of a naked baby could connote innocence and purity. However, if the album was to be released nowadays it would be very controversial and possibly viewed as paedophillic.
The naked baby implies vulnerability and how vulnerable we are to temptation. A piece of string is attached to the money, which suggests how we can't resist temptation. This doesn't just apply to money, but also to what is not within our grasp; something we can't have. This fits well because as a baby, you don't have money or the responsibility that comes with it.
As human beings, we always want what we can't have. The prevention of these things, money for example tempts us even more.
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