Few cases have galvanized Hollywood and the music community more than the story of three teenage boys wrongfully convicted for the murder of three Cub Scouts. The Memphis Three’s release, following 18 years of imprisonment, came after fundraising efforts by director Peter Jackson, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Dixie Chick Natalie Maines. Says actor Johnny Depp, another supporter: “I was instantly struck by how heinous a crime [it was], but also the wave of injustice that followed it.”
The soundtrack to a documentary about the case captures the passion of those voices and includes Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams and Johnny’s band Tonto’s Giant Nuts delivering a dark version of Mumford & Sons’ “Little Lion Man.” Strongest of all are Natalie’s riveting cover of Pink Floyd’s “Mother” and Eddie’s “Satellite,” his emotional ballad inspired by the unwavering love of one of the Memphis Three and the advocate who became his wife. Justice has rarely sounded so sweet.