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ROENTGENIZDAT – X-Ray Audio at Raindance Film Festival

Our full length X-Ray Audio documentary ROENTGENIZDAT – The Strange Story of Bone Music. will be premiering at the Raindance Film Festival in London on September 25th.

It features new interviews with Marc Almond, Artyemi Troistky and Stephen Coates, Soviet era x-ray Bootleggers and extraordinary archive footage telling the story of one of the strangest eras in vinyl, music, forbidden culture and cold war history.

“Leningrad 1946, the Cold War: All culture is subject to the brutal control of a totalitarian state censor. But music-mad bootleggers devise an incredible and risky way to listen to and share the music they love, copying forbidden songs onto used X-ray film and creating their own records.”

Giving blood every week to earn enough money to buy a recording lathe, one bootlegger Rudy Fuchs cuts banned music onto such discarded x-rays to be sold on street corners by shady dealers.

It was ultimate act of punk resistance, a two-fingered salute to the repressive regime that gave a generation of young Soviets access to forbidden Western and Russian music, an act for which Rudy and his fellow bootleggers would pay a heavy price.”

The culmination of four years of research and countless trips to Russia to track down Rudy, buyer and amateur dealer Nick Markovitch and Beatles’ fanatic Kolya Vasin, the documentary gives an evocative and intimate insight into one of the most extraordinary, untold stories of twentieth century music.

Full Details HERE

For more information on the x-ray audio project and book, visit www.x-rayaudio.com