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James Zahn

James Zahn

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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Wednesday, March 07 2012 09:35

Hoverboards are expensive...

If you're one of the folks that snagged a pair of NIKE's 2011 MAG shoes last year, there's a good chance that you'd like a MATTEL Hoverboard to go with them. After making a splash on the 'net a couple of months ago when word of the impending Hoverboard release got out, the hot pink skate deck is now up for pre-order. Just as NIKE copped out with the whole ''self-lacing'' feature in stating that ''the technology doesn't arrive until 2015,'' MATTEL is is stating that their non-hovering Hoverboard will only ''glide on most flat surfaces'' due to the technology not being available just yet. So what does a non-hovering Hoverboard cost?

hitLogoMy daughter loves most of the shows put out by UK-based HIT Entertainment, and currently aired here in the U.S. on SPROUT. There's FIREMAN SAM, BOB THE BUILDER, ANGELINA BALLERINA, BARNEY, and the big-money machine - THOMAS & FRIENDS. Today comes news that toymaker MATTEL has purchased HIT Entertainment for $680M (less than it was going for) rescuing the company from a vast amount of debt (and probably mis-management).

Indie children’s musician Sukey Molloy has announced that April 24th will see the release of her third CD, I Am Happy! with Sukey Molloy. 

I'm not sure how accurate the depiction is, but IFC's PORTLANDIA is a great show, and it's become what I (and many others) think of first when hearing of anything coming out of Portland, Oregon. That said, independent musician and Portland resident MO PHILLIPS is gearing up for the release of his third album of family-friendly tunes, with MONSTER SUIT due on on April 10th. As a music and monster aficionado, I'm interested.

Being relatively new to the world of Kindie Rock, I was not familiar with Gustafer Yellowgold until yesterday, and it appears that my daughter and I have some catching up to do. This little guy came to Earth from the Sun and landed in Minnesota. Since 2005, he's been the subject of several multi-media tales, brought to life in hand-drawn music videos from cartoonist/songwriter/performer Morgan Taylor. His fifth DVD/CD package, Gustafer Yellowgold's Year in the Day is set for release on April 3, and after checking out a preview of a song and video called Pancake Smackdown, my daughter's first word was ''More?'' Check out the video below.

It's 55 degrees outside right now, and as the snow melts away, we can't wait for spring and summer. Sure, The Rock Father™ is all about the music, but we're also hardcore gardeners, and that's what makes this so intriguing: There's a band called ORANGE SHERBET that ''praise the delights of eating seasonal, locally grown foods!''

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