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THE STRANGE STORY OF SOVIET MUSIC ON THE BONE  

Join musician Stephen Coates and photographer Paul Heartfield of the X-Ray Audio Project in a special evening ahead of the opening of their exhibition Bone Music at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, with special guest, singer Marcella Puppini. Stephen will tell the astonishing story of Soviet vinyl bootleggers with words, images and film followed by a demonstration of the incredible art of cutting music on to an x-ray using a 1950s recording lathe. Singer Marcella Puppini of the Puppini Sisters will be recorded live on to an x-ray.

In the Soviet Union during the cold war era, the music people could listen to was ruthlessly controlled by the State. But a secret and risky subculture of music lovers and bootleggers defied the censor. Incredibly, they built homemade recording machines and found an extraordinary means of copying forbidden jazz, rock 'n' roll and banned Russian music to make their own records.

Stephen will tell the astonishing story of the Soviet bootleggers with words, images and film followed by a demonstration  of the incredible art of cutting music to an x-ray from a special live performance using a 1950s recording lathe.

STEPHEN COATES creator of the X-Ray Audio project, is a composer and music producerHe came across the subject of the X-Ray recordings when travelling to Russia to perform as The Real Tuesday Weld over the last six years. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, he is particularly interested in the interaction between music and culture.

In 2010, Stephen wrote and presented an eight part radio documentary series for Resonance Fm on "Sounds of propaganda and the Cold War" investigating the way music and audio was used for political purposes in the West and the Soviet countries. With Paul Heartfield he has been researching and interviewing the story of the X-Ray recordings in Russia researching as part of a series of projects on Soviet musical history. See Stephen's blog for Pushkin House here

For more on Stephen go here

PAUL HEARTFIELD is one of London's most experienced and respected portraitists. He has worked extensively in the music industry, photographing many international bands and musicians over the last decade. 

He is the regular portrait and archive photographer for the Houses of Commons and Lords in Westminster and has photographed most of the senior British politicians of the last few years.

For more on Paul go here

Marcella Puppini is an Italian singer, songwriter, and the founder of The Puppini Sisters.

For more information on Marcella see here.