Madonna covered Elliot Smith’s ‘Between The Bars’ at a launch event for her new short film secretprojectrevolution last night (September 24). Watch the performance above.
Madonna appeared at New York’s Gagosian Gallery to mark the launch of her Art for Freedom campaign, performing her own take on Smith’s track. The original version of the song appeared on Elliot Smith’s 1997 album ‘Either/ Or’. Madonna chose to change the lyrics to make reference to the prison industrial complex, a term used to attribute the rapid expansion of the US inmate population to the political influence of private prison companies and businesses that supply goods and services to government prison agencies.
Madonna’s performance started with her being dragged across the floor by two men dressed as prison guards and preceded the launch of her new film secretprojectrevolution, made alongside director Steven Klein. The film is available through BitTorrent and also features extra bonus material including an exclusive interview with the singer, as well as photos and trailers from the film.
Speaking about the project, which is run in collaboration with Vice, previously, Madonna said that she aimed to “show by the example of secretprojectrevolution my creative commitment to inspire change in the world through artistic expression.” She added: “I hope my film and other submissions to Art for Freedom will be a call to action and give people a place to voice their own creative expression to help fight oppression, intolerance and complacency,” whilst also labelling the Art for Freedom project “an online global initiative to further freedom of expression.”
Madonna’s record label Interscope Records, meanwhile, recently had to recall thousands of copies of the ‘MDNA World Tour DVD’ following complaints regarding the poor sound and visual quality.