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Soviet-era bootleg recordings made on discarded X-ray plates

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In the Soviet-era, western music was banned and vinyl was scarce, so ingenious Russians began recording banned bootlegged jazz, boogie woogie and rock 'n' roll on exposed X-ray film salvaged from hospital waste bins and archives. Censorship is a pain but it's always fuel for creativity.

"Usually it was the Western music they wanted to copy. Before the tape recorders they used the X-ray film of bones and recorded music on the bones, bone music."

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Illustration for article titled Soviet-era bootleg recordings made on discarded X-ray plates
Illustration for article titled Soviet-era bootleg recordings made on discarded X-ray plates

"They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole. You'd have Elvis on the lungs, Duke Ellington on Aunt Masha's brain scan — forbidden Western music captured on the interiors of Soviet citizens."

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