The Story of the Vinyl Bootleg Record


We are joined by vinyl historian, writer and broadcaster Travis Elborough to discuss the murky world of the illegal recording.

The cold war era x-ray records made in defiance of the Soviet censor were just one example of illicit recordings made available by ‘bootleggers’ for various reasons from the ideological to the purely commercial.

We hear extraordinary examples from the 1960s - 1980s, the Golden Age of the vinyl bootleg, when record companies fought a losing battle, often against fans, to control just what of their artists output could be listened to.