Soviet-Era Banned Western Music Pressed onto X-RaysMusic // Monday, 30 Jun 2014
During the 1950s, when vinyl was scare and before tape recorders were available, people in the Soviet Union would take banned bootlegged jazz and rock records and press them onto salvaged x-rays cut into discs. "They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole," says author Anya von Bremzen. "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."
Images courtesy of József HAJDÚ and Ksenia Vytuleva
This process is captured in the opening credits of the 2008 Russian cult film, also called Stilyagi.