Don Campau

Don Campau

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Musician, radio host and archivist, Don Campau has been active in music since 1969.

From 1969-1974, Don, Geoff Alexander and other friends recorded as The Roots Of Madness, a bizarre, avant-garde collective that released one record album in 1971. The early tapes are now also available as CDs.

In 1971 Don also began hosting a radio program on KTAO-FM in Los Gatos California under the mentorship of Lorenzo W. Milam, one of the founding fathers of community radio in the USA. This show incorporated ethnic, avant garde jazz, baroque, modern classical, early home recordings and outsider material.

From 1974-1976 Don and Geoff owned Dogmouth Records, a retail outlet in Los Gatos that carried used and unusual LPs, many of which were rare and imported.

In 1978 Don began hosting a radio program on KKUP-FM in Cupertino, California. At the time, the show featured jazz, ethnic, contemporary classical, improvised and some early home recordings.

In 1985 the format of "No Pigeonholes" was established and became home recorded cassettes from the international home recording movement called "cassette culture". The music covered many styles from rock, folk, outsider, oddball, punk, electronic and much more.

Don continues broadcasting home recorded, small studio and independent music from around the world not only on KKUP but also throughout Europe on Radio Marabu and also on the net on The Luver.com.

During this entire time, Don has also been recording his own albums. Most are home recorded rock songs but some releases are more experimental. In addition, there have been numerous collaborations with other home recording musicians worldwide

The Lonely Whistle label was started in 1984 to house not only Don Campau albums but other releases from friends and musical associates. See the entire catalog here.

On 1 August, 2009, Campau started the web site project, The Living Archive Of Underground Music, which gives his personal history of the cassette culture/ home recorded music movement. Many others have also contributed to this look back at the taping culture of the 1980s and 1990s. Go there now.

Don Campau retired from his day job as a produce clerk at a grocery store in 2007 and lives in Santa Rosa, California with his wife, Robin O'Brien. He has 3 children: Nicole, Kevin and Caity and now five grandchildren: Mariah, Jack, Robert, Lily and Sierra.
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Don Campau Discography Tracks

Albums

none Donald Campau* Variety Show(Cass, C60) SHM Tapes none Germany 1985 Sell This Version
C-90 Don Campau New Monterey Road Sounds(Cass, Album, C-9) Lonely Whistle Music C-90 US 1985 Sell This Version
none Donald Campau* Variety Show(Cass, Album, C60) Lonely Whistle Music none US 1985 Sell This Version
LW 1003 Donald Campau* Paralyzed By The Very Thought(Cass, Album) Lonely Whistle Music LW 1003 US 1986 Sell This Version
none Don Campau Meteor And Pickles(Cass) Lonely Whistle Music none US 1987 Sell This Version
none Don Campau Pen Pals(Cass, Album) Lonely Whistle Music none US 1988 Sell This Version
none Donald Campau* Mixed Messages(Cass, C60) Lonely Whistle Music none US 1991 Sell This Version
IT 051 Donald Campau* Mixed Messages (European Version)(Cass, C60) IRRE Tapes IT 051 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
none Don Campau Pen Pals 2(Cass, Album) Lonely Whistle Music none US 1996 Sell This Version
none Don Campau / Robin & Don Don Campau / Robin & Don - Preexisting Condition / Western Union(Cass, Album) Lonely Whistle none US 1997 Sell This Version
none Don Campau Heartbeat 'N Loopy(Cass, Album) Lonely Whistle none US 1998 Sell This Version
none Don Campau Play Dice With Me(CDr) Lonely Whistle none US 1999 Sell This Version
none Don Campau Lowercase Fraud(CDr) Lonely Whistle none US 2002 Sell This Version
none Campau* / McGee* Campau* / McGee* - Hoax(CDr, Album) Lonely Whistle Music, HalTapes none US 2003 Sell This Version
none Don Campau Panoply- The Tape Germ Mixes(CDr) Lonely Whistle none US 2006 Sell This Version
none Federico Barabino / Don Campau Federico Barabino / Don Campau - Garnish(CDr, Album) Lonely Whistle Music none US 2008 Sell This Version
Don Campau and Pharmakustik Don Campau and Pharmakustik - Spinal Fusion (MiniAlbum, Album) Not On Label US 2010 Sell This Version
none D.J Urinal Cake / Don Campau D.J Urinal Cake / Don Campau - Soap And Salt(CDr, Album) Lonely Whistle Music none US 2011 Sell This Version
NN_LP017_06_12 Don Campau - Jack Hertz Don Campau - Jack Hertz - Headlands(5xFile, MP3, 320) Nostress Netlabel NN_LP017_06_12 Italy 2012
none Don Campau, Hal McGee Don Campau, Hal McGee - Dictaphonia Split #1(2xFile, MP3, VBR) HalTapes none US 2012

Singles & EPs

none Federico Barabino Y Don Campau Federico Barabino Y Don Campau - Zamba(CDr, EP) Lonely Whistle Music none US 2006 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Eric Wallack And Don Campau Eric Wallack And Don Campau - Wreck A Lilac(CDr) Lonely Whistle none US 2002 Sell This Version