We’ve been following closely the story of the West Memphis Three — Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr. and Jason Baldwin — the subject of the HBO documentaries Paradise Lost 1-3, the West of Memphis documentary produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, and the upcoming feature film Devil’s Knot starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth.
If you’re not familiar with the story, Damien, Jessie and Jason were accused of killing three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. They spent 18 years in prison (with Damien sentenced to death) and were released in 2010 after taking the Alford plea. All signs point to an investigation and prosecution that was ridiculously botched. It really makes you fear for our justice system.
Over the years, movie stars and musicians have come together to help the wrongly-accused trio, and the latest is the soundtrack from West of Memphis, which features music by Eddie Vedder, Johnny Depp, Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks, and Henry Rollins.
Check out the track list below for West of Memphis: Voices For Justice. It’ll be released on Jan. 13, 2013; you can pre-order it on Amazon. Your purchase of the album will directly benefit the West Memphis Three.
- Henry Rollins (feat. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis original score) – Damien Echols Death Row Letter Year 9
- Natalie Maines – Mother
- Lucinda Williams – Joy
- Camp Freddy – The Jean Genie
- Tonto’s Giant Nuts feat. Johnny Depp & Bruce Witkin – Little Lion Man
- Marilyn Manson – You’re So Vain
- Band of Horses – Dumpster World (Live)
- Citizen Cope – DFW
- Eddie Vedder – Satellite
- Bill Carter – Anything Made of Paper
- The White Buffalo – House of Pain
- Bob Dylan – Ring Them Bells
- Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – West of Memphis Score Suite
- Tonto’s Giant Nuts feat. Johnny Depp (feat. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis original score) – Damien Echols Death Row Letter Year 16
- Patti Smith – Wing (Recorded Live at Voices For Justice Benefit Concert – August 28, 2010)
DIGITAL ONLY BONUS TRACK
- Bill Carter – Road to Nowhere