x-ray audio: The Strange Story of Soviet Music on the Bone 


Stephen Coates

In the cold war era, the Soviet recording industry and permissible musical repertoire were ruthlessly controlled by the State. But a secret and risky subculture of bootleg recordings arose. Incredibly, bootleggers built homemade recording machines and found an extraordinary way to copy banned gramophone records – they used X-Rays clandestinely obtained from hospitals.

Telling the story of forbidden culture, bootleg technology and human endeavour, this is the secret history of Russian X-ray records and of the people who made, bought and sold them.

Published by Strange Attractor Press

Hardback , full colour
160pp, 220mm x 235mm

30 Poplar Place
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