Bone Music

Bone Music

Format Price Buy
Bone Music Hardback Edition £45.00
Bone Music Paperback Edition £25.00


Bone Music

Bone Music: Soviet X-Ray Audio
Stephen Coates

The follow up to the acclaimed X Ray Audio.

230mm x 230mm
HB/PB, 156pp

ISBN: 9781907222476

32 pages of colour images,
heavily illustrated throughout

Available September 2022.

Hardback: £45.00 Signed, limited edition of 350 copies

– Includes exclusive risograph print and 7" flexidisc of 1930s Soviet dissident music off the bone.

Paperback: £25.00

"There were two types of culture... Official culture and underground culture. I was always for underground culture." Rudy Fuchs, Bone cutter and collector 

During the Cold War era, the songs that Soviet citizens could listen to were ruthlessly controlled by the state. But a secret underground subculture of music lovers and bootleggers defied the censors, building recording machines and making their own records of forbidden jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, and Russian music, cut onto used hospital x-ray film. 

Who were they? Why did they do it and how was it even possible? Based on years of interviews and oral testimonies, Bone Music continues the story of X-Ray Audio, presenting the stories of the original Bone bootleggers, their customers and persecutors, evoking their spirit of resistance to a repressive culture of prohibition and punishment. 

Bone Music details how the bootleggers worked, outlining the technical precedents of their techniques in the work of their archivist precursors in Budapest and situating their discs in a revised history of recorded media with a wealth of compelling new detail. 

Praise for X Ray Audio:
"An archive of samizdat creativity, cultural resistance, daring entrepreneurialism."
Sukhdev Sandhu 

"Stephen Coates – strangely, an Englishman – knows more technical and biographical details of the Bone Records story than anyone else."
Artemyi Troitsky 

One of the 25 most essential books for record collectors.
Vinyl Factory