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Listen to Chelsea Wolfe's haunting cover of Joni Mitchell's Woodstock

Chelsea Wolfe
(Image credit: Ben Chisholm)

Chelsea Wolfe has streamed a new and previously unreleased cover of Joni Mitchell's  1970 song Woodstock, which you can listen to below. The haunting new version of the song was recorded during sessions for Wolfe's 2019 album Birth Of Violence.

“While preparing for the Birth Of Violence tour, I was watching a lot of Joni Mitchell videos," Wolfe explains. "A 1966 Canadian performance that I found of hers ended up inspiring the video for my song Highway. One night after working on the live set, Ben and I were hanging out and I was just letting the Joni videos roll. Woodstock came on and I started singing along. After that I simply asked Ben if he’d be into covering it with me for the tour, and we just went back into the studio and started working it out. The cover came together quite naturally and it was a treat to play on stage every night. Joni is obviously such a big inspiration to this side of my music, so it felt right to pay tribute to her.”

At the same time Wolfe has also released the previously unreleased Green Altar, again from the Birth Of Violence sessions, and which you can also hear below.

Green Altar is a cherished song that unfortunately didn’t make it onto the album," she adds. "It’s a love song I wrote after finding out that my dear friends (artist) Bill Crisafi and (designer) Hogan McLaughlin were engaged. I envisioned them getting married in a lush, green outdoor space outside of some majestic castle ruins.”

Jerry Ewing
Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.