An exhibition on until 19th December 2015 at the Horse Hospital in London, Bone Music 1946-1964. It shows and documents the old bootleg home-made records of socialist Russia.

The records were widespread and made out of old X-ray plates. From the late 1940s music-lovers in Russia defied total and often murderous censorship of music, and used back-bedroom lathes and old x-ray plates to make crude bootleg records of forbidden music. Given what was happening in the gulag camps and psychiatric ‘hospitals’ all over Russia at that time, the symbolism of the imagery on the records became a grim reminder of the murderous nature of socialism and the risks that the record collectors took.



There’s also a new book, X-Ray Audio: The Strange Story of Soviet Music on the Bone.