In Soviet Russian during the 1940s (and through the 1960s) pop music, and bootlegs of forbidden music were smuggled through a series of black market dealers via old X-Ray. This was because X-Rays ( and film negatives) we're available and sturdy enough to take an engraving. The spindle holes we're typically burned out with a lit cigarette. Selling these "Roentgenizdat" ( Bone or X-Ray records) or even owning them was forbidden and could result in major punishment.
For more info check out 99% invisible's podcast on them.
The new book Son of the City: A Memoir by Dante Ross, is the first release by the new author. Preorder is in limited supply and available now
When Victrola introduced the Revolution Go turntable to me and asked if we would be interested in trying one out, I was game, but these days I spend more time at my desk than hunting for records in dusty basements.