Bone music: Using X-ray film to make records of government-banned songs

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“These were things which you bought on the street. There were street trash in a way. You played them for the music that was on them and you wore them out. And then generally speaking, you would throw them away, and try and get another one,” author Stephen Coates says of bone music. Credit: The X-Ray Audio Project.

After World War II, the Soviet Union officially banned rock, jazz, and blues music. But people made bootleg versions of that music — recorded onto thin sheets of X-Ray film.

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