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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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Wednesday, February 22 2012 23:51

IKEA MÅLA Easel - Art Station on a Budget

After being given an IKEA MÅLA Easel by my friend Scott last year (passed onto us after being used by his two kids), I recently set it up for my little one for the very first time. With a dry-erase whiteboard on one side and a blackboard on the other, my daughter loves it - particularly the blackboard. What I was surprised to learn is that the MÅLA is available new from IKEA for only $14.99, which is why I felt compelled to share my thoughts here on The Rock Father™.

The name Roger Priddy may not mean much to you. Despite selling over 65 million books worldwide and having his titles translated into over 30 languages, he's not exactly a household name. What this author of Children's books might be however, is the Stephen King of the toddler set. At some point within my daughter's first year of life, someone her Auntie Jill bought her a copy of Priddy's MILLIE COW. This over-sized ''board book'' bore a TJ MAXX sticker for $6.99, with an original price of $14.95. While the value was undoubtedly a delight, what was contained within it's pages would prove to be something that was anything but.

As each day passes, I always wonder if my children will be able to experience comic books the way I did growing up. It's no secret that the rise of digital vs. print and the skyrocketing cost of everything has taken a toll on the comic book industry, and it's becoming increasingly hard to find a cool local comic shop the way it was back in the 80's. One of the longest-running comic series' and publishers is ARCHIE, and while their flagship title generally still moves 15-20K print copies a month, they're embracing digital and facebook to reach new readers.

ROB ZOMBIE and MEGADETH have just announced that they'll be hitting the road together for the very first time. Their co-headlining tour launches on Friday, May 11 in Holmdel, NJ and will include stops at several major rock festivals, including Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma. Rob Zombie will headline Rocklahoma, co-headline (with Incubus) Rock On The Range, and will close all shows on the Megadeth dates. The Rock Father™ has the list of confirmed dates below, while more dates are expected to be added.

Monday, February 20 2012 23:40

KENNY CHESNEY gets the Lullaby Treatment...

They won't be Corona bottles you'll be icing while listening to this one, but country-minded parents have something soothing coming their way. The folks over at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star have just issued LULLABY VERSIONS OF KENNY CHESNEY,  a twelve-track collection of the singer's greatest hits, reworked into lush, instrumental versions perfect for any nursery.  The Rock Father™ has the full tracklisting and cover art below.

Since I've never covered Nickelodeon's KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS before (in any of my past writing gigs), I have to make the somewhat obvious statement that it looks more like the ''Tween Choice Awards.'' We tend to be a Sprout house (though Nickjr. does have a few good shows), and I like to remember Nickelodeon as being the place for shows like PINWHEEL, MR. WIZARD'S WORLD, TODAY'S SPECIAL, and FINDERS KEEPERS. But, that was 30 years ago and Nick is a different game these days. With the announcement of the nominees for their 2012 Kids' Choice Awards last week, let's take a look at a few of the music-centric categories.

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