X-Ray Audio Live

Cold War Culture, Bootleg Vinyl Technology and Human Endeavour 1946 - 1964



WEDS 28th Jan £6.50 advance (click here)  £8 on the door SOLD OUT

FRI 30th Jan £6.50 advance (click here)  £8 on the door

STOP PRESS Due to a sold out performance on the 28th, Stephen and Alex have agreed kindly agreed to add a repeat performance on Friday 30th January

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow Friday 23rd...

Join The Real Tuesday Weld's STEPHEN COATES and sound artist ALEKS KOLKOWSKI to hear an extraordinary story of forbidden music, cold war culture and Soviet bootleg technology.

Many older people in Russia remember seeing and hearing strange vinyl flexi-discs when they were young. The discs had partial images of skeletons on them and were called ‘Bones’ or ‘Ribs’. In the post war period, both the Soviet recording industry and its permissable musical repertoire were ruthlessly controlled by the State. But a vibrant, secret and risky trade grew up in bootleg records containing forbidden music. These were made on used X-Rays obtained from hospitals, cut into discs and engraved with the grooves of copied gramophone records.

STEPHEN will illustrate this incredible tale through photographs, essays, sound and film with testimonies from surviving Russians of the period. Whilst ALEKS will provide a commentary on groove-based recording techniques plus an actual live demonstration of recording onto X-Ray plates using vintage analogue record-cutting lathes - from a special live musical performance For more information:


Part of X-Ray Audio - Soviet Music 'on the Bone'