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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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I have been eagerly awaiting the debut of THE AQUABATS! SUPER SHOW! since it was formally announced last summer, and after getting picked up by THE HUB last Fall, it's finally making it's debut.  On Saturday, March 3 (at 1pm ET with encore performances throughout the week), the new series from the co-creator of YO GABBA GABBA! will have it's official premiere, bringing to life the adventures of ''a popular alternative rock band as they embark on a never-ending quest to right wrongs, destroy boredom and seek justice for all in an inventive blend of live-action and animated crime-fighting spoofs.'' I don't know about you, but this sounds like a perfect show for The Rock Father™ and his daughter to watch and rock out to! I'm setting my DVR right now...

Thursday, February 16 2012 23:32

MINISTRY - RELAPSE (Album Review)

Originally Published January 22, 2012 on Kik Axe Music.

It's been nearly four years since MINISTRY performed what were then touted as their ''final'' live shows. Always a skeptic when it comes to bands calling it a day, I was one of those with the mindset of ''they'll be back,'' and while I was disappointed to have missed their three-night run here in Chicago, it's 2012 and the opportunity has presented itself once more. Indeed, Al Jourgensen is back with a familiar band of ''experienced wingmen'' for what is undoubtedly one of the best MINISTRY offerings to come along in quite some time.

51s1YTAzZWL. AA160 Released elsewhere in the world last Fall, THE PRETTY RECKLESS will see the North American release of their debut album LIGHT ME UP this Tuesday. Fronted by actress TAYLOR MOMSEN of GOSSIP GIRL fame (Note: the only thing I've ever seen her in is HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS), The Pretty Reckless is everything that a rock band should ever hope to be.

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL. 4/15/2012

''I see a little silhouetto of a man. Scaramouch, Scaramouch will you do the fandango?''
No? Well, would you like to score a copy of the definitive QUEEN documentary on Blu-ray? If so, you might be in luck...

The rockin' folks over at Eagle Rock Entertainment just released QUEEN: DAYS OF OUR LIVES last week, and they're hooked up The Rock Father™ with a trio of Blu-rays that you know have a chance to acquire through our very first giveaway here on the new site!

Note: Just five days after posting this article, WONDER! abruptly closed without warning. Read my follow-up post here.

Last Monday, after a family trip to the Doctor for an ultrasound (which revealed our forthcoming ''new release'' to be a girl), my wife and daughter and I made a stop in Deerfield, Illinois to check out WONDER! - an ambitious new shopping destination geared toward children and families. While shopping might be the initial draw, it's the entertainment and service aspects of the store where WONDER! really goes above and beyond what one would expect in a children's retail emporium.

For all the Rock Fathers and Rock Moms out there, we've got something special just for you. If you think you can shred on the guitar like Eddie Van Halen, take a shot at covering the new single Tattoo from the new VAN HALEN album A DIFFERENT KIND OF TRUTH (available now on iTunes in regular and deluxe editions)! If you can pull it off, you just might score a special VAN HALEN guitar, or some killer VH merch! Don't know how to wield a six-string? That's ok, too. You can still enter for a chance to win some VAN HALEN merchandise for yourself ;)

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