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Music Mix Q&A: Henry Rollins on 'West of Memphis' soundtrack and what's next for the West Memphis Three

Back in 1994, three teenagers were convicted for the murder of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. The three young men—Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin—were railroaded from start to finish, and the case against them was built on the idea that the children were killed as part of a satanic ritual conducted by the trio, who were also quiet kids who listened to heavy metal.

They became known as the West Memphis Three, and the quest to free them became a cause celebre that attracted the attention of stars like Johnny Depp, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, and former Black Flag and Rollins Band frontman Henry Rollins, who regularly hosted benefit shows and put out a curated an album of Black Flag covers to raise funds for the West Memphis Three’s appeals. The story has been well told in the documentary series Paradise Lost, as well as in the just-released documentary West of Memphis, which shifts its focus to the process that led to the Alford pleas that allowed the West Memphis Three to go free after 18 years.

With so many musicians invested in the West Memphis Three, it’s no surprise that the soundtrack to West of Memphis—which just hit store shelves yesterday—has a pretty tremendous lineup, including Vedder, Depp, Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, Natalie Maines, and Rollins. EW spoke with Rollins recently about the film, the soundtrack, and the ongoing saga of the West Memphis Three.

EW: Considering how long this process has been and the stakes involved, is it a little surreal to be talking about the West Memphis Three in terms of the subject of a film soundtrack? 
Rollins: I never thought we’d be having this conversation—the soundtrack, the movie, all of that. There were a lot of dark months, even dark years. You burn so many emotional calories thinking about these guys in cages. Then the thing goes to the judge, the thing you’ve been working on for 15 months, and the judge just goes “Nah.” And you’re back at the bottom of the hill, covered in mud, with no tools. So you have to go back and get the tools again. This would be for three years at a time. The entire thing became abstract. The trippiest thing is now me hanging with Damien in New York at a packed theater with a bunch of people clapping. It borders on the surreal.

And even though they are no longer in jail, the story still isn’t over.
Right. The thing that a lot of people do forget is that three beautiful little boys were killed. There are parents who are still gutted that their babies are dead. What parent gets over it? So someone did that—not Damien, Jesse or Jason, but someone. And they need to answer for that. These people need any resolution that can be afforded, and the West Memphis Three need exoneration. They did not do anything, and not only do they deserve to get out of prison, but the rest of the world needs to go, “OK, they really did get the guy.” READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga hops onto documentary bandwagon with photographer Terry Richardson

Music docs: they’re so hot right now! Perhaps that’s why Lady Gaga gave all her Little Monsters a very special Christmas present yesterday by announcing that her “Cake” collaborator Terry Richardson is making a film documenting Gaga’s life, as well as “the creation of ARTPOP” — Gaga’s upcoming album — and the artist’s devoted fanbase.

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Jack White won't be scoring 'The Lone Ranger' after all

Tough break, Kemo Sabe — Jack White’s not scoring The Lone Ranger after all.

Though it was initially reported that the blues-rocker would compose the score for the upcoming film starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, Disney has announced that Pirates of the Caribbean veteran Hans Zimmer is now on board.  READ FULL STORY

From 'Pitch Perfect' to 'Sparkle': The best (and worst) soundtracks of 2012

It was a great year for music on the silver screen in some ways — mainstream flicks featuring hot new artists; and weaker in others — favorite singers being massacred in cover-land. Here are our picks for the best soundtracks of 2012, complete with a Spotify playlist to rock you through it — and a few of the worst (we spared you the playlist for that one).

Best of 2012

Pitch Perfect – Fresh and inspired, with mash-ups that Glee would kill for, this ode to collegiate a cappella gave us – and anyone who enjoys harmonies – something to sing about.

Katy Perry: Part of Me – The pop album that just wouldn’t quit got a nice compliment with the 3-D concert film. The Part of Me soundtrack gave a new listening experience to everything from “Firework” to newer stuff like “Wide Awake.” Not to mention, it’s just plain fun.

Skyfall – Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard Adele’s slow-burner of a Bond theme. But the soundtrack is more than just that hit single – thank goodness.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – The Twilight soundtracks are always an eclectic mix of musicians and genres, and the fifth and final is no exception. Standouts include Green Day’s “The Forgotten” and “Bittersweet,” by Ellie Goulding.

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Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' documentary gets a trailer: Watch it here

Dave Grohl has always been something of a Renaissance man: He played all the instruments on Foo Fighters’ debut album, is chatty enough to host his own talk show, has acted with Muppets, and gets involved politically. And now, his feature directorial debut is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Sound City, a passion project for Grohl, is a documentary about the notorious Los Angeles recording studio of the same name. Known for its dumpy exterior and legendary sound board, Sound City was the lab in which dozens of massive albums were concocted, including Nirvana’s Nevermind, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ Damn the Torpedoes, Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled debut, and Cheap Trick’s Heaven Tonight.

Though the studio closed in 2011, Grohl purchased the board and moved it into his own studio. To commemorate the amazing albums that came out of Sound City, he got together some of the big-name performers who played there—including Petty, Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, and Lars Ulrich—to discuss the studio’s legacy.

Check out the trailer for Sound City below.  READ FULL STORY

Fans to film Bruce Springsteen for Ridley Scott's Boss documentary

Few rock musicians have had as deep and personal an impact on his fans as Bruce Springsteen. He carries the flag for his home state of New Jersey, sure, but there’s also something about his anthemic tales of everyday Americana that strike a chord with people around the world. That has been expressed over and over again in fawning essays and passionately researched bios, but now the spirit of Springsteen is going to get a film all its own.

The project is called Springsteen & I, and like Life in a Day (another film produced Ridley Scott’s production company), the entirety of the movie will be crowd-sourced. READ FULL STORY

'The Zen of Bennett': Tony Bennett discusses career, Amy Winehouse -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Tony Bennett might be the most active 86-year-old you know.

The iconic singer has enjoyed an enviable career spanning 60 years (and counting), and lately he’s become renowned for his many duets and collaborative endeavors. And now Bennett’s set to release an introspective documentary that’ll shed light on his many artistic ambitions.

Conceived and produced by his son Danny Bennett, The Zen of Bennett tales a closer look into Tony’s life as he turned 85, as well as his continued presence in show business via the countless number of contemporary artists he’s worked with in recent years. The movie will hit screens in New York tomorrow and other select theaters Nov. 2, but you can enjoy an exclusive sneak peek right now exclusively below. Then read on to find out about Bennett’s wish-list duets, his unique chemistry with Lady Gaga, and the tragedy of Amy Winehouse.

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Lady Gaga, Prince to appear on Baz Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby' soundtrack

Baz Luhrmann’s blinged-out retelling of The Great Gatsby was going to be this year’s big Christmas movie until it got bumped into next year. But that might be for the best — since it’s apparently given the filmmaker plenty of time to nail down some major crazy names for the soundtrack.

According to actress Adelaide Clemens, there will be contributions from both Lady Gaga and Prince. “They have some new music that’s going to be added to the film,” Clemens told Indiewire during press rounds for her forthcoming movie Silent Hill Revelation 3D. “Some pretty huge artists have approached Baz and are writing songs for the film, and I don’t think Warner Bros. are going to turn down Prince and Lady Gaga knocking down your door. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say that.” READ FULL STORY

Adele's 'Skyfall': Finally! A great James Bond theme! -- LISTEN

The history of themes to James Bond films is a storied one. From Shirley Bassey’s brassy “Goldfinger” to Paul McCartney’s hard rocking “Live and Let Die,” Duran Duran’s synthy “A View to a Kill” to Tina Turner’s slinky “Goldeneye,” the track designated to play over the opening credits to the latest 007 cinematic adventure has often climbed the charts, standing on its own as a pop hit.

Well, for a while, anyway. Since Turner’s take on Bond in 1995, only Madonna’s “Die Another Day” has managed to break through as a standalone hit, and even then, I dare you to try humming Madge’s techno tune from memory. Otherwise, the dashing British secret agent has lately been saddled with overwrought and quickly forgotten music from some usually reliable hitmakers, including Sheryl Crow, Chris Cornell, Jack White, and Alicia Keys.

It is with that sad preamble that I invite you to feast your ears on the newest James Bond theme, “Skyfall,” written by Adele and her “Rolling in the Deep” collaborator Paul Epworth for Sam Mendes-directed film that hits stateside Nov. 9. It’s the Grammy-winning artist’s first song since her mega-hit album 21, not to mention her pregnancy announcement, and it does not disappoint. Note: The official version is much longer than the radio version leaked earlier today. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

Adele tapped for official 'Skyfall' theme song

It had been long-rumored, but now it looks official: Adele will aid James Bond by recording Skyfall‘s official theme song.

The song will be called, yes, “Skyfall,” and some or all of it has likely already been recorded: Adele’s been seen chilling at an MGM recording studio, which only fueled all the early speculation. In recording a James Bond musical entry, she’ll be joining a club that includes Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys and Jack White, Carly Simon, Garbage, and others.

Plus, those keeping score at home are no doubt aware that this will be her first new song since her record-crushing 2010 album 21, let alone her pregnancy announcement.

The Sam Mendes-directed Skyfall opens Oct. 26 abroad and Nov. 9 in the States.

Do you think it’s a good career move for Adele? Sound off in the comments.

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