This show was 9th in the global bootleg chart, 30th in the global vinyl chart and 75th in the global rock chart.
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: Stephen Coates & Paul Heartfield of the X-Ray Audio Project are joined by oral historian and broadcaster Alan Dein. They discuss the history, culture and technology of the street machines that allowed ordinary people to record themselves in the West - and create bootleg records of forbidden music in the Soviet Union - long before the advent of tape or digital recording. We hear extraordinary recordings of strange and moving sounds from Alan’s collection.