What is "bone record" to obtain "decadent music" in the Soviet Union where locks were prohibited?
In the Cold War that lasted for 44 years from 1945 to 1989, the Soviet Union treated Western European music and art as "decadent" "fallen culture", importation of music records and artifacts was completely prohibited in the Soviet Union It was. Among them, among the subculture groups by teenagers called "Stillaga", rock 'n' roll and jazz were gaining popularity, but surprising the young people of the Soviet Union smuggled the latest Western European music A way has been revealed.
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The Soviet Union at the time of the Cold War had officially prohibited Western music culture music and art in order to prevent the controversial "virtual enemy country" philosophical influx. On the other hand, among the teens of the Soviet teenagers of the time there were groups that loved prohibited subcultures such as rock 'n' roll and jazz, but it was used to smuggle the latest hit songs It was a hand made record using an X-ray photograph called "Bone Record".
In the Soviet Union at that time, in addition to the ban on decadent music, there was a shortage of PVC which is the material of the record board, so the situation where the latest hit song from Western Europe was very hard to obtain continued. Young people with distinctive fashion called "Stiliga" "Style Hunter" in their teens and 20s came up with a way to get plastic materials in large quantities at low cost. It was "using radiographed X-ray photos", and because of the material it was said that young people called "music on the ribs" "bone record (bone record)".
A smugglers noticed that smuggled records could be duplicated with disc cutters, and bone records became sold in large quantities on underground markets. By the bone record youths of the Soviet UnionElla Fitzgerald,Elvis PresleyIt has become possible to share the latest hit songs such as.
On the other hand, the quality of the bone record was never good, the sound quality was degraded more than the original, and only one side of the record board could be recorded. Although it seems that the center hole was often opened with the fire of cigarettes, at the time when the smuggled record board was 5 rubles per piece, the bone record was sold at a price of 1 ruble per sheet It collected. Such a bone record was also banned in 1958, but the existing bone record can play music even now in decades after decades. There are websites that allow you to listen to the bone records that were made at the time, so you can see what kind of music was recorded from below.
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