New Release Out Today
Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll
On April 17, 1975, Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge and Cambodian rock and roll was no more. Its star musicians were targeted and killed, record collections were destroyed, clubs were closed, and Western-style music, dancing and clothes were outlawed. 40 years later, Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll pays homage to the country’s rock legends who paid for their creativity with their lives.
We are excited to release the soundtrack to such an important documentary. Compiled by the film’s director, the album is very cinematic in nature. The sequencing and newly-remastered audio transport the listener through the rock and roll history of Cambodia in a similar fashion as John Pirozzi’s documentary film. It is both entertaining and essential to hear so many recordings that are available outside of Cambodia for the very first time.
“The Cambodian musical culture that spawned the soundtrack of Mr. Pirozzi’s film was marvelously fertile, absorbing a wide range of Western influences and infusing them with traditional Khmer themes and singing styles. There were go-go bands and girl groups, crooners and bubble-gum divas, skinny suits and big hairdos, funk and psychedelia.” A.O. Scott, The New York Times