Photographer Paul Heartfield and I have just returned from Russia. In St Petersburg and Moscow we filmed and interviewed several more people about the making, selling and culture of listening to X-Ray records. It was fascinating and at times, quite moving. As well as discovering more about a particular culture at a particular time, we learned much more about Russian music and the indomitability of spirit of music fans who at times risked their liberty to enjoy and share the songs they loved.
We will be showing clips of filmed interviews in upcoming events - including that with the delightful Nick Markovitch (pictured) who provided us with some hair-raising tales of the danger of trading with the illegal X-Ray bootlegs.