‘Lost’ Serge Gainsbourg film score to be reissued after master tapes found in suitcase

Daughter of collaborator Jean-Claude Vannier's copyist rediscovered the 1969 soundtrack

A previously presumed lost soundtrack by Serge Gainsbourg for 1969 film Les Chemins de Katmandou has resurfaced and is set to be reissued.

As FACT report, the master tapes for the score – a collaboration with Jean-Claude Vannier – were recently discovered in a suitcase by the daughter of Vannier’s former copyist.

A remastered version of the score will feature in the forthcoming release of ‘Le Cinema De Serge Gainsbourg’, a five-CD box set compiling the French musician’s film work. It will be released on April 20.


In 2013, Serge Gainsbourg’s cigarette butts and nail clippers went up for auction. Other lots included photographs, books and a telegram to his wife, the British actress Jane Birkin, with whom he recorded their controversial UK Number One single, ‘Je T’aime … Moi Non Plus’.

Auctioneer David Richard said at the time: “Gainsbourg was very controversial during his life and the myth has continued since his death… Quite a lot of the bidders were women and they were prepared to go quite far but it’s always difficult to know how much people are prepared to pay for these things.”

Serge Gainsbourg died on March 2, 1991 aged 62 from a heart attack.