[For some reason, I’ve recently been getting a lot of people asking about the old illicit Soviet method or distributing music on discarded x-ray film. That’s why I’ve resurrected this post from 2016. – AC]
Back in the USSR, it was impossible to get Beatles records–or any other records from the West, for that matter. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. Andy points us to The Vinyl Factory for a link to this documentary on x-ray audio, the story of bootlegs created on used x-ray film known as roentgenizdat. For the longest time, it was the only way to give the middle finger to The Party.
There’s also a book that goes with it.