Monday, 21 April 2008

Spooky Vinyl

Here's a fascinating piece of social history for y'all.

If you were a swinging Stalinist hepcat in or around 1950's communist Russia, chances were the Western music you were (illegally) grooving to had been pirated from the original using a wax disk cutter. Unfortunately, most of the wax, vinyl -hell- pretty much everything had been used up during the war. So. What were you gonna use to make a facsimile of your favourite contraband jazz album?

The answer? A-ha! Why, old x-ray films, of course! No, seriously. Aren't these wonderful...

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