Lost Serge Gainsbourg soundtrack unearthed

Les Chemins de Katmandou resurfaces after 45 years

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A 1969 soundtrack by Serge Gainsbourg, presumed lost for 45 years, has been found in a suitcase.

Fact reports that the score for Les Chemins de Katmandou, by Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier, was discovered up in an old suitcase by the daughter of Vannier’s former copyist.

The tapes have since been remastered and portions of the score will feature in the forthcoming expanded release of Le Cinema De Serge Gainsbourg, a five-CD box set due on April 20.


The box set spans 1959 to 1990, and will be released by EmArcy/Mercury/Universal France.

Les Chemins de Katmandou – titled The Pleasure Pit in the UK – was directed by André Cayatte and co-starred Gainsbourg along with his partner, Jane Birkin.


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