Two Rivers image removed from Van Morrison’s album

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The image of Kahnawake’s Billy Two Rivers wrestling in the early 1960’s has now disappeared from the Van Morrison Album cover: Roll with the Punches. Instead it has been replaced with 2 boxers in the ring. Two Rivers and Van Morrison’s representatives settled their case out of court last week over the unauthorized use of his image.

Two Rivers Settles suit vs. Van Morrison

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In an exclusive, K103Seven News has learned that there is an agreement in principle between former professional wrestler and Mohawk Council Chief Billy Two Rivers, and the representatives of Van Morrison, over the use of Two Rivers image on the musician’s latest album: Roll with the Punches. No dollar figure that has been released. And It will likely remain under an agreement not to divulge that number. There is also no word on whether or not Two Rivers iconic image of his wrestling in the United Kingdom in the early 1960’s will remain on the album cover. The photo shows him tossing his opponent to the mat, while Billy sports his signature Mohawk style haircut. Although that image remains on the Van Morrison website. Two Rivers lawyer in New York is Michael R. Graif of Curtis, Mallet-Provost, Colt  & Mosle LLP.

“The parties reached an agreement in principle to settle the suit. They are in the process of finalizing it. And it was obviously in both parties interest to do so to avoid further litigation,” Graif said.

There is no comment from Van Morrison’s camp on the case or how they came across the image in the first place.

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