Podcasts, books and music: a different spin on hospital records
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18 August 2017
In the studio we talk books and podcasts with John Mitchinson, co-founder of Unbound, and Fiona Sturges, arts columnist for ‘The Guardian’ and ‘The Financial Times’. Plus we head to Moscow to learn how Soviet music lovers managed to smuggle music into the USSR on old hospital X-rays and we dial up Edinburgh to find out how the fringe festival is going so far.
18 August 2017
In some of the darkest times of the USSR, bootleggers came up with an ingenious way to bring banned music to the people. Between the late 1940s and early 1960s they’d buy used X-rays from hospitals and record western jazz and rock 'n' roll onto them, as well as illegal Russian songs. Thomas Lowe heads to a new exhibition in Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art to find out more.
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Fiona Sturges, arts columnist for ‘The Guardian’ and ‘The Financial Times’ tells us about Jon Ronson’s new podcast ‘The Butterfly Effect’, a tender look at the pornography industry, and one of Gimlet’s latest, ‘Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty’, which explores hip-hop’s history through the life of one of its greatest music executives.
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