Cultural History

PREVIEW: The Strange Story of Soviet Music on the Bone (July 26)

July 24, 2017

Unknown 2‘Join musician Stephen Coates and photographer Paul Heartfield of the X-Ray Audio Project in a special evening ahead of the opening of their exhibition Bone Music at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow.

In the Soviet Union during the cold war era, the music people could listen to was ruthlessly controlled by the State. But a secret and risky subculture of music lovers and bootleggers defied the censor. Incredibly, they built homemade recording machines and found an extraordinary means of copying forbidden jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and banned Russian music to make their own records.

Stephen will tell the astonishing and haunting story of the Soviet bootleggers with words, images and film followed by a demonstration  of the incredible art of cutting music to an x-ray from a special live performance using a 1950s recording lathe.’ (PH)

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