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Before the availability of the tape recorder and during the 1950s, when vinyl was scarce, people in the Soviet Union began making records of banned Western music on discarded x-rays. With the help of a special device, banned bootlegged jazz and rock β€˜n’ roll records were β€œpressed” on thick radiographs salvaged from hospital waste bins and then cut into discs of 23-25 centimeters in diameter. β€œThey would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole,” says author Anya von Bremzen. β€œYou’d have Elvis on the lungs, Duke Ellington on Aunt Masha’s brain scan β€” forbidden Western music captured on the interiors of Soviet citizens.”

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