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Vedder, Young, Springsteen, Rage Feature on "Body of War" Soundtrack

February 21, 2008 2:43 PM ET

As Rock Daily told you earlier this month, for the new documentary Body of War, the film's subject, Tomas Young, compiled two discs worth of music that inspired him when he was paralyzed from the chest after being shot during his first week of duty in Iraq. The soundtrack, titled Body of War: Songs That Inspired an Iraq War Veteran, features songs "that inspired, motivated, and at times, literally saved me over the past few years," explains Young. The album features contributions from Lupe Fiasco, Roger Waters, System of a Down, Bruce Springsteen, Bright Eyes and many more, as well as that live at Lollapalooza 2007 version of "No More" that Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder performed with Ben Harper. To get a preview of and to pre-order the album, check out their Web site.

Disc One
"Hero's Song" - Brendan James
"American Terrorist" - Lupe Fiasco
"Light Up Ya Lighter" - Michael Franti & Spearhead
"Guerilla Radio" - Rage Against The Machine
"Son Of A Bush" - Public Enemy
"Empty Walls" - Serj Tankian
"Let Them Eat War" - Bad Religion
"White People For Peace" - Against Me!
"Letter From Iraq" - Bouncing Souls
"War" - Dilated Peoples
"Overcome (The Recapitulation)" - RX Bandits
"Fields Of Agony" - No Use For A Name
"Bushonomics" - Talib Kweli & Cornel West
"The 4th Branch" - Immortal Technique
"B.Y.O.B." - System Of A Down
"No More" (Live) - Eddie Vedder & Ben Harper

Disc Two
"Devils & Dust" - Bruce Springsteen
"Masters Of War" (Live) - Pearl Jam
"When The President Talks To God" - Bright Eyes
"Gimme Some Truth" - John Lennon
"The Restless Consumer" - Neil Young
"Battle Hymns" - The Nightwatchman
"Anthrax" - Kimya Dawson
"WMD" - Blow Up Hollywood
"State Of The Union" - David Ford
"Yo George" - Tori Amos
"Love Vigilantes" - Laura Cantrell
"Black Rain" - Ben Harper
"To Kill The Child" - Roger Waters
"Day After Tomorrow" - Tom Waits

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