The underground recordings and distribution of banned western music in the Soviet Union began even before the invention of cassette tapes. The phenomenon spread in the 1950s when fans of prohibited tunes from the west developed a creative recording method with their own media. The only problem was the lack of vinyl.
By 1958 authorities had caught on and the production of x-ray recordings became outlawed. What followed was the discovery and closing of the biggest organizations specializing in distribution of banned music.
December 25 2014
Original article can be found at: http://cameralabs.org/7687-muzyka-na-kostyakh-kak-v-sssr-zapreshchjonnuyu-zapadnuyu-muzyku-podpolno-zapisyvali-na-rentgenovskikh-snimkakh