Tape recorders were not yet available on the market and vinyl was rare. When the Soviet regime brutally controlled the recording industry during the Cold War, music lovers in the underground came up with an unusual idea: with specially built recording devices, they pressed censored music onto old X-ray pictures from hospitals.
In this way, forbidden songs and genres – from western jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, Russian emigrant folk songs, gypsy tangos to prison songs – also found their way clandestinely onto the record players of music fans of that time.
Produced for Villa Heike in Berlin, BONE MUSIC tells the story of a unique underground phenomenon in the USSR from the 1940s to the 1960s …
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