Forbidden Soviet-era music on X-ray snapshots

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, a music recording on an X-ray film is displayed at the Bone Music exhibition at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, in Moscow, Russia . The exhibition describes a unique chapter in history of Soviet culture _ bootleg music recordings made on used X-ray film . (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

MOSCOW — An exhibition describing a unique chapter in the history of Soviet culture — bootleg music recordings made on used X-ray film — has opened in Moscow. From the late 1940s to the early 1960s, ingenuous Soviet music lovers made bootleg copies of banned music on used X-ray snapshots, bypassing strict official controls over recordings people were allowed to listen to. They are played on normal record players. The Bone Music exhibition, which opened in Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art last week, presents research by X-Ray Audio, a project by Stephen Coates and Paul Heartfield from London. Coates, a composer and music producer, described the recordings as “images of pain and damage inscribed with the sound of forbidden pleasure; fragile photographs of the interiors of Soviet citizens layered with the ghostly music they secretly loved.”

Touring Canada’s Gaspe peninsula on 2 wheels

This undated photo provided by Québec Maritime shows Rocher Perce from the Gaspe Peninsula in Québec, Canada. The region offers lighthouses, coastal scenery, whale-watching and attractions like Rocher Perce, a well-known rock formation that rises from the sea with a tunnel-like hole forming an arch beneath it. The loop around the Gaspe is popular with bicyclists and motorcycle riders. (Mathieu Dupuis/Québec Maritime via AP)

GASPE, Quebec — Whether you take a clockwise or counter-clockwise route, and whether it’s on motorcycle or bicycle, a two-wheeled tour of a loop around Quebec’s Gaspe peninsula is certain to please. The sea is just to your side or in view for much of the route. Mountain vistas appear at turn after turn. The villages that dot the route delight and welcome riders.

Western brand with Chinese characteristics

In this Aug. 11, 2016 photo, ducks paddle along a canal near Club Med's resort in Guilin, China. The Club Med resort in Guilin, China, reflects Chinese tastes. There’s a contemplative vibe, including a lake with an arched bridge, lush foliage and a setting of limestone mountain peaks. (AP Photo/Kelvin Chan)

GUILIN, China (AP) — After 10 days of crisscrossing southwestern China by high-speed train with two young children in tow, exploring minority villages amid rugged scenery and often sleeping in grimy hotels, it was time for a break.

Mail by pail for Detroit’s floating ZIP code

FILE- This April 20, 2017, file photo shows the J.W. Westcott II at it's mooring on the Detroit River. A family-run Detroit company that operates the nation’s only floating ZIP code is halfway through its 144th season of making deliveries to passing Great Lakes freighters. The J.W. Westcott II cruises the Detroit River from April to December, distributing mail and other items to larger vessels. (Max Ortiz/The Detroit News via AP, File)

ABOARD THE J.W. WESTCOTT II — The U.S. has tens of thousands of ZIP codes. Only one of them floats.



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