Juan Camacho

Juan Camacho

Los Angeles, CA

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Juan Camacho, with the painstaking support of his mother, was able to surmount the adversities of being raised around a tumultuous relationship with his father, and stereotypes put on Juan for being Latino. With a father who rejected America and “American ways” and a mother who embraced it, Juan struggled to find where or how he fit in in his hometown of Redondo Beach. With the push of his mother to be independent and try exciting, new things Juan found himself at a Punk show. Little did he know it was this concert and this genre of music that would eventually provide him the opportunity to take the space in this world he deserves and shape his identity. After realizing his love of punk and the unhomogenized, creative and political atmosphere it allows, he started a punk band with a good friend, Bruce. They named their band The Detonators. After becoming quite successful, The Detonators spent several years on the road touring all over the United States and Europe. In one of their tours they played a show in Eugene, Oregon where Juan became notably fond of the immense greenery, river and the college town vibes. He became bound and determined to move to Eugene one day and eventually he did. Juan spent years in Eugene living and working, making connections, as well as opened several versions of his restaurant, Sandino’s, a Mexican/political-punk eatery. Ultimately, he remembered the promise he made to his mother and himself to go to school by the time he turned fifty. Juan stayed true to his word, and began his next journey in academia.

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