How Rock Music Was Saved in the Soviet Union

3032206-slide-xray4Interesting — vinyl was scarce in the Soviet Union, so to make records some people stole discarded x-rays from hospital dumpsters, burned music onto them, cut them into a circle with manicure scissors, and burned a hole in the middle with a lit cigarette. The linked website has some great images of these homemade records. It’s called “bone music,” and the practice went on during the late 50s until authorities cracked down. I think I want one.

Many thanks to my former student Penny for alerting me to this story.

Author: James Rovira

Dr. James Rovira is higher education professional with twenty years experience in the field in teaching, administration, and advising roles. He is also an interdisciplinary scholar and writer whose works include fiction, poetry, and scholarship exploring the intersections of literature and philosophy, literature and psychology, literary theory, and music and literature.. His books include Women in Rock/Women in Romanticism (in development), David Bowie and Romanticism (forthcoming 2022), Writing for College and Beyond (a first-year composition textbook (Lulu 2019)), Reading as Democracy in Crisis: Interpretation, Theory, History (Lexington Books 2019), Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 (Lexington Books, 2018); Rock and Romanticism: Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); and Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2010). See his website at jamesrovira.com for details.

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