A New Book Explores How, Via X-Rays, Banned Albums Made It Into the Cold War–Era U.S.S.R.
Stephen Coates’s “Bone Music: Soviet X-Ray Audio” explores how, from the 1940s–1960s, savvy entrepreneurs cut bootleg albums with the help of X-ray technology.
By Brian Libby
October 17, 2022
2 minute read
The bad news is that this particular set of X-rays won’t be covered by your health insurance. The good news? Discarded hospital film of broken bones can defy a communist regime, deliver banned music to the masses, and endure as art.
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