Filed under: Miscellaneous | Tags: benefit, crime, Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, West Memphis Three
Three men who were convicted as teenagers for the murder of three 8-year-old boys in 1994 were recently set free thanks to new DNA evidence showing they were not at the crime scene. The West Memphis Three, as the formerly-imprisoned men were known, were the subject of countless articles and two documentary films. Those documentaries caught the attention of musicians like Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, who became one of the most fervent supporters of freeing the West Memphis Three. Along with Seattle band the Supersuckers, Vedder recorded a song titled “Poor Girl” for a 2000 West Memphis Three benefit CD. He was in the courtroom last week during the proceedings; he sat with defendant Damien Echols’ wife, Lorri, and hugged Damien upon his release. Danny Bland, a local record label owner also inspired by the West Memphis Three documentaries, utilized his close ties to acts like the Supersuckers, L7, Steve Earle, and Vedder to produce a benefit CD in 2000 called Free The West Memphis Three: A Benefit for Truth & Justice. The disc also includes tracks from Tom Waits, Joe Strummer, and a reunited Killing Joke.
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