This is probably the best evidence how the passion for music cannot be stopped even by the cruelty of dictatorship & censorship. By bootleg music we really mean “leg”:
the records have been produced on the repurposed x-ray scans (collected from the hospital garbage) in the 1950s featuring some of the finest western jazz & rock music!
“They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole. You’d have Elvis on the lungs, Duke Ellington on Aunt Masha’s brain scan—forbidden Western music captured on the interiors of Soviet citizens.”
Another article states: “On the x-ray of a skull, for instance, the song of Anna Kapitány ”What A Nice Evening We Have” can be heard, and together the song and the image could create a undeniably morbid association.”
Unfortunately, the makers were caught and the procedure banned already in the 1958.
Anyhow, under the Russian Stilyagi’s (as they called the hipsters) the “radiography” gained a whole new meaning!
Making and usage of the X-ray records as documented in the “Stilyagi” movie sequence: