James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.
He regularly 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.
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 PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.
Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, 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 the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.
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With record-setting temperatures here in Northern Illinois this week, the little one and I have been spending a lot of time outside getting inspired for the Spring and Summer Gardening seasons. In fact, having cleared 80-degrees already, this is the warmest March on record, and a lot of our Garden Friends that shouldn't be here yet have already arrived. Joining them for 2012 are some new friends, the GROWUMS.
GROWUMS are a collection of six themed gardening kits that encourage kids to ''put a little character in your garden.'' Intrigued by the kits and their vast array of characters, educational tools, and transmedia presence, I reached out to the Growums team to learn a little bit more.
Last year, LEGO duplo released a series of 11 songs under the LEGO DUPLO JAMS banner. Inspired by British Pop and performed by a ''preschool Dad,'' the tracks are designed to be a companion for playtime - especially when paired with the popular LEGO duplo blocks. A study conducted between May-June 2011 was released alongside the 'JAMS and presented some data that's not surprising - 55% of children are happier when music is coupled with play; 50% are more excited when they hear music; and 43% of children act sillier when music is coupled with play.
THE AQUABATS! SUPER SHOW! is the first Saturday Morning television offering to get me excited since the mid-1980's, and with it's third episode premiering this Saturday on The Hub (guest-starring NAPOLEON DYNAMITE's Jon Heder), excitement for the rash guard-wearing super-rockers is at an all-time high. Frontman MC Bat Commander recently took to The Social Network Facebook to answer some fan questions, one of which involved rock icon and frequent punchline, Glenn Danzig.
They refer to themselves as a ''mobility'' company, but Bugaboo makes strollers... really nice, really expensive strollers. While I personally couldn't justify dropping $1100 on a stroller (not counting all the nifty add-ons), I do appreciate the design work that the company puts forth, and I find their company background to be an interesting story. Both of those elements are featured heavily in the debut, 164-page BOO Magazine which made it's debut earlier today.
BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE have announced the digital release of a new remix EP entitled CELESTIAL PROGRESSION on April 17 via Solid State Records. The EP features remixes of six songs that were featured on the 2011 release CELESTIAL COMPLETITON, an album I gave a perfect 5/5 rating to when I was still at Kik Axe Music (the review is actually quoted in the EP's press release). Needless to say, I'm excited.
It's been a little while since I've done a Random Rock column, so we're more than overdue. The drill is simple - I offer random-fire updates on a few dozen artists along with links to dig deeper, should you choose. From here on out, I'm adding 'N' MORE' to the title so that I can include some non-rock stuff on occasion. With a current total of 7,943 unread emails sitting in my inbox (no joke!) I sometimes wonder if the bands, artists, labels, managers, and publicists appreciate my taking the time to do this... but I do love spreading the rock. Here's updates on 31 Artists for Thursday, March 15, 2012!