July 24th, 2014

Damn The Man; Save The Music

File this under “obscure historical references that might pay off in pub trivia one day.”

During the 1950s, the Soviet Union banned jazz and rock music, and with vinyl and tape recorders largely unavailable, there were no real options for listening to music recreationally.

The solve became to throw the music on salvaged X-Rays. Says author Anya von Bremzen: “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.”

Biological technology + communist oppression = X-ray pop.
Courtesy of Jozsef Hajdu (top); courtesy of Ksenia Vytuleva (bottom)