west of memphis: eddie vedder and johnny depp
west of memphis: eddie vedder and johnny depp
Eddie Vedder and Johnny Depp, featured on West of Memphis: Voices for Justice

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)


  • Bill Carter – Road to Nowhere


  1. Here’s info on the West Memphis Three case.  There are two sides to the West Memphis Three  case.  The movies about the West Memphis Three present the side of the defendants. They were found guilty by a unanimous jury the first time and then plead guilty last year instead of waiting for a trial. One reason they were found guilty was because of their repeated confessions and statements. Misskelley confessed FIVE times, three times to the detectives, once to the police and once to his own lawyer. Echols went around saying he committed the crimes to at least three different people after the crimes were committed. All of the West Memphis three had failed alibis.               Echols’ journal contained morbid images and references to dead children. Echols’ stated under cross-examination that he was interested in the occult. The police took a necklace from Echols when he was arrested. An outside crime lab later found blood from two distinct DNA sources on the necklace. One source was consistent with Echols himself. The second source was consistent with both victim Steven Branch and co-defendant Baldwin. A car load of people saw Echols in muddy clothes near the crime scene. Echols had a history of threats of violence, violence, psychiatric treatment and psychotic behavior. His reported actions included brutally killing a dog, starting fires at his school, threatening to kill his teachers and parents and stating he liked to drink blood. See court documents exhibit 500 for evidence of this. for the other side of the story see wm3truth com


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