Jason Everman is on the cover of the Nirvana “Bleach” debut album and is also credited as guitarist despite the fact that he did not actually play on any of the albums tracks.
Here is the unfiltered photo used for the album cover (Everman on the right) and his album credit.
Here’s the story on how Everman got his credit on “Bleach”…
Everman heard Nirvana’s demo with drummer Dale Crover and agreed to front the money for the recording sessions at Reciprocal Recording Studio with producer Jack Endino. He paid a grand total of $606.17 for the complete recording and in response, Kurt Cobain gave Everman the album credit as a token of appreciation. Krist Novoselic explained,
“We just wanted to make him feel at home in the band.”
Everman toured with Nirvana in the summer of 1989 in support of “Bleach”. A two-song Nirvana session featuring Everman actually playing the guitar is available in two separate releases. A KISS cover titled “Do You Love Me?” was released in 1992 on the tribute album “Hard to Believe: Kiss Covers Compilation” and “Dive” was released on 2004’s With the Lights Out.
Everman also took part in several photo shoots during his short tenure with the band.
His album credit was finally removed in the 2009 deluxe re-issue of “Bleach“.