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Today: X-Ray Audio: the exhibition on forbidden Soviet music recorded on X-Ray sheets
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:33:00 +0000

An exhibition at the Horse Hospital arts venue in London has revealed music banned in the Soviet Union during the cold war was smuggled into the UK by embossing the gramaphone onto X-Ray sheets. The bootlegs became known as ‘bones’ or ‘ribs’.\r\n\r\nBones were medical X-Ray fluorography sheets unofficially obtained from hospitals, cut into discs, and embossed with the grooves of bootlegged gramophone records. The quality was poor and the discs wore out quickly but the cost was low, just a couple of roubles compared with the cost of an actual LP from the west.\r\n\r\nStephen Coates has curated an exhibition X-Ray Audio and Victoria Bazoeva is a Russian music journalist.

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