Thursday, August 11, 2011

Vintage X-Ray ‘Vinyl’ from Russia

Vintage X-Ray ‘Vinyl’ from Russia: "

W.C. Hardy’s “St. Louis Blues”

Between the years of 1946 - 1961 one of the only ways to listen to American blues, jazz and rock’n'roll in Russia was to obtain smuggled records, some made on old x-rays. There’s a long article and back story about these interesting x-ray records on, but it’s all in German and a little bit difficult to make sense of using Google Translate.

If you got caught with American popular music back then, you could find yourself in a world of hurt. Apparently it could get you thrown out of school or even arrested in extreme cases, but still the population wanted to hear the music. These x-ray records are physical artifacts from that era of Soviet censorship.

Percy Faith’s “Delicado”

Fred Astaire’s “Cheek to Cheek”

Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel”

(via Nerdcore)


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