Voted one of 25 essential books for record collectors by Vinyl FactoryHardback, illustrated in full colour

Written and edited by Stephen Coates - Photography by Pail Heartfield

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 'X-Ray Audio: The Strange Story of Soviet Music on the Bone'  tells the secret history of the ghostly Sovet bootlegs of forbidden music cut onto used x-ray film during the cold war era and of the people who made, bought and sold them.  

Lavishly illustrated with images of x-ray discs collected in Russia, it is a unique story of forbidden culture, bootleg technology and human endeavour. Contributions from Russian musical commentators and interviews, including one with the last bootlegger standing, set the scene for the intersection of ideological, technological and historical events that created this brief Samizdat musical culture.

In a time when songs can be copied in an instant and when streaming services provide virtually infinite choice and access, 'X-Ray Audio: The Strange Story of Soviet Music on the Bone' provides a poignant reminder of the immense cultural value of music and the extraordinary lengths people to which people will go to listen to what they love.

With over 40 extraordinary images of Bone records
160PP, 220mm X 235mm

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STEPHEN COATES is a musician and arts producer 

Maksim Kravchinsky,  Russian broadcaster and writer
Sukhdev Sandhu,  writer and lecturer on contemporary culture
Artyemi Troistsky,  Russian music journalist, broadcaster and academic
Rudy Fuchs, Bone Bootlegger
Kolya Vasin, Bone Buyer
Aleksander Kolkowski, composer, violinist, sound artist and researcher.

Published by Strange Attractor Press with assistance from Arts Council England.


We have a limited number of beautiful X-Ray Audio Greetings cards available, singly or in sets of 5 at the ANTIQUE BEAT shop

The cards are spot varnished, raising the disks off the page and have been left blank inside for your greeting.

The individual designs contain five images of Bone records form the Soviet Era between 1946 and 1962

The first set sold out immediately and Antique Beat have reprinted another limited run.

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Happy X-Ray-Mass is a beautiful limited edition flexi-disc christmas card containing  a version of the song ‘Dorogoi Dlinniy’, the once forbidden Russian original of the sixties hit “Those Were the Days My Friends’.  

It was recorded by The Real Tuesday Weld and Marcella Puppini and includes a download link for the track plus ‘Those Were the Days’ and an English version of the beautiful song “I Asked the Ash Tree’ by Soviet composer Mikael Tariverdiev from the film “Irony of Fate'

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