Western Music Was Forbidden, So They Reused X-Rays To Make Their Own Records

Can't stop the music.

So you reckon vinyl records are pretty hipster? Think again.

These X-Rays-turned-makeshift-records from the 1950s in the USSR are infinitely more cool, and sure to make even Portland's hippest music stores salivate.


According to NPR, before tape recorders showed up on the Soviet market, vinyl supplies were scarce there. In order to listen and record banned Western music, the cool kids had to get creative.

And what says "creative" more than reusing X-rays exposed to hospital waste bins to produce "homemade" records?

"They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole," author Anya von Bremzen explained to NPR. "You'd have Elvis on the lungs, Duke Ellington on Aunt Masha's brain scan — forbidden Western music captured on the interiors of Soviet citizens."

Cool kids gotta have their rock 'n' roll. Even if they're living under Khrushchev.

The phenomenon was referred to as "Bone Music" for, well, rather self-explanatory reasons.

This certainly gives us a new appreciation for music.

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