The documentary Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock ‘n’ Roll debuts in theaters today, exploring the country’s rich music history that emerged concurrently with a period of strife. Influenced by Western and European rock and pop during the 1960s, Cambodian musicians combined traditional sounds with modern beats. “But as Cambodian society — young creative musicians in particular — embraced Western culture and flourished under its influence, the rest of the country was rapidly moving to war,” explain the documentarians. “The film is a celebration of the incredible music that came from Cambodia and explores how important it is to Cambodian society both past and present.” Inspired by the unique sounds of Cambodia, we took a trip through the international pop scene of the ‘60s in all its forms — from the American rock-inspired bands that imitated the Beatles to the yé-yé girls of France.
Françoise Hardy — “Tous les garçons et les filles”
This 1962 single from Françoise Hardy’s self-titled debut album, about a young girl pining for love, sold 500,000 copies that year.