He sang the new take on The White Stripes' classic at a charity concert in New York
In September of this year a host of music stars came together in New York for Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating The Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, a fundraising concert for the American non-profit, the National Recording Preservation Foundation.
At the concert in Manhattan’s Town Hall Jack White performed a folk music version of The White Stripes‘ ‘We’re Going To Be Friends’, assisted by banjo, fiddle and double bass. The concert was filmed for the US network Showtime, who have now released a clip of White’s performance, which you can see below. They will broadcast the concert in full next week.
Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons also took part in the show, which was inspired by the forthcoming new Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, which is released on January 24, 2014 in the UK. The concert featured music from the T Bone Burnett-helmed soundtrack as well as the classic folk songs which inspired the movie, which is set in Greenwich Village in 1961.
Marcus Mumford performed John Fahey’s ‘Give Me Cornbread When I’m Hungry’ with folk music legend Joan Baez. He went on to perform Bob Dylan’s ‘I Was Young When I Left Home’ and ‘Fare Thee Well’ from the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack alongside the film’s star Oscar Issac and the evening’s defacto house band, the Punch Brothers. Marcus Mumford and the Punch Brothers rounded up the evening with a rendition of the previously unheard Dylan song, ‘Farewell’, which also features on the soundtrack.
Patti Smith also performed, singing ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’, a classic folk song which was covered by Led Zeppelin. She also sang ‘People Have The Power’, a song which she wrote with her late husband, Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith, alongside The Avett Brothers, Lake Street Dive and Dave Rawlings.
Other acts to appear during the star-studded set were Elvis Costello, The Avett Brothers, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Lake Street Dive, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, The Milk Carton Kids, Keb Mo, Conor Oberst, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Secret Sisters, Gillian Welch, Willie Watson, Bob Neuwirth and stars from the film, Carey Mulligan, Stark Sands and Adam Driver. John Goodman hosted the event.