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January 5, 2015 AT 3:00 pm

How Soviet Hipsters Saved Rock ‘N’ Roll With X-Ray Records #MusicMonday

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From FastCoExist:

Hipsters aren’t anything new. Under Stalin, even the U.S.S.R. had them. They were called stilyagi. Whereas today’s hipsters are obsessed with skinny jeans and fixed-gear bicycles, the stilyagi were obsessed with Western culture—in particular, with jazz, boogie woogie, and rock ‘n’ roll.

But in the 1950s, unless you had a radio near the border, there was no way to actually hear rock ‘n’ roll. Without CDs, flash drives, the Internet, or even analog tape recorders to distribute the rare bootleg recordings of the slim supply of Chuck Berry albums that did come into the country, the stilyagi had to get clever.

The solution was homemade records ingeniously pressed on exposed X-Rays—called bone music.

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