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Bone Music


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 now!


Hardback: £45 Signed, limited edition of 350 copies

– Includes an exclusive risograph print, taken from the book (above) and a 7″ flexidisc of original 1930s Soviet-era music taken “off the bone” (Hungarian jazz and a Russian ballad). 

Paperback: £25


Initial orders will also receive a special Bone Music card produced by the author, Stephen Coates – while stocks last:  (These are now sold out.)

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, explains their technical processes, and situates their unique 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