In the Soviet Union during the cold war era, the music people could listen to was ruthlessly controlled by the State, but a secret underground subculture of music lovers and bootleggers defied the censor.
Incredibly, they built their own recording machines and used a risky and extraordinary means to share forbidden jazz, rock 'n' roll and banned Russian music - they cut the music they loved onto used x-ray film and made their own records.
In this episode: Much of the music cut onto the Soviet x-ray records was not Jazz and Rock ’n’ Roll but Russian music- forbidden Russian music. It was forbidden for various reasons - usually because the artists who made it lived in exile in the degenerate capitalist West. The X-Ray Audio Project’s Stephen and Paul are joined by afficionados Jason Reid and Joe Dimmot to talk about the ways musicians in exile have gone on to create some of their best work and toinfluence the culture of the countries that provide them shelter from persecution.