James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. Current special projects include promotional campaigns for PJ Masks (eOne/Disney Junior) and Beat Bugs (Netflix). 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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We've been digging the debut album from RIFF ROCKIT for awhile here at Rock Father HQ (check out my review right here), so when word came down that he was filming a live DVD at his L.A. showcase this past March, we were pretty excited. Now comes news that the DVD will be released this summer, and while the exact date has yet to be revealed, some behind-the-scenes pics and early info has emerged. 

Sponsor Message: Just like Daddy, my little girl loves VANS. I took her to the local VANS store for her first two pairs earlier this year and they fast became a part of her regular routine. That said, today VANS launched a new line of girls shoes that brings something else that my little one loves in the equation: HELLO KITTY.

Friday, June 01 2012 13:22

Giveaway: BOP IT! SMASH

Hasbro Games' new bop it! SMASH is hitting retail this month, and to celebrate they've teamed up with The Rock Father to give one lucky reader one of these cool new games. If you're not familiar with bop it! SMASH, check out my recent review of the game here, or check out the official details below.

I've been thinking about this for awhile, but it wasn't until this morning that I was actually able to do it... 

Using my daughter's Fisher-Price Record Player (repro model) and CD Player I've created a graphic detailing the rapid death of physical media (music in particular) as seen by toys. In the past, you could make records or CDs fun for a toddler... a digital file? Not so much.

Thursday, May 31 2012 09:50

Soundtrack News: HATFIELDS & McCOYS

Composer John Debney and Tony Morales’ soundtrack to director Kevin Reynold’s historical epic HATFIELDS & McCOYS has arrived on iTunes via Silva Screen Records. The miniseries, based on a true story about two feuding families who nearly launched a war between Kentucky and West Virginia, made it's debut over Memorial Day week on The History Channel. Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton star.

Here we are with another installment of The Random Rock N' More, the column where the Music for Grownups section takes a place on the homepage. Be warned, many of these artists cannot be considered 'family-friendly,' but this is their time. As part of a balanced musical diet, there's a little of everything here from mainstream rock to pop to pop punk to black metal, hip-hop, indie rock, and more. This is all stuff that has landed in The Rock Father's inbox over the past few days, and I want to cover as much of it as possible. Like what you see? Links are provided to learn more. Let's go...

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