“Stalin didn't like anything that made people dance,”
August 3, 2017 9:28 AM   Subscribe

X-ray records of the Soviet Union.
Back in London, he tried it on his record player. “It was obviously an X-ray, but also a record. I played it and I found out it was a 78 RPM: it was 'Rock around the Clock',” Coates tells me. “I obviously decided to find out more about this.”
By Gian Maria Volpicelli in the New Statesman
posted by thatwhichfalls (7 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
This topic has been covered before, but not with that article.
posted by furnace.heart at 9:31 AM on August 3, 2017 [1 favorite]

I dispute the premise of the headline. Exhibit A.
posted by senor biggles at 9:42 AM on August 3, 2017

Another previously.
posted by zamboni at 9:50 AM on August 3, 2017 [2 favorites]

The Vinyl Factory made a mini-documentary on the topic, you can watch it here.

Also, in case you want your own x-ray LP, apparently Blank City Records will be releasing LPs on x-rays.
posted by nikoniko at 10:25 AM on August 3, 2017

My first time reading about it. Fascinating stuff!
posted by Cookiebastard at 10:30 AM on August 3, 2017

posted by Twang at 10:43 AM on August 3, 2017 [1 favorite]

Very cool aesthetic-- I'm surprised some band hasn't imitated the look on their records yet.
posted by noxperpetua at 1:48 PM on August 3, 2017

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