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Sunday, October 18 2015 18:10

Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway: LOVE & MERCY

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I've long had an interest in music-based films, at times indulging in a heavy diet of documentaries and biopics. When Bill Pohlad's LOVE & MERCY came along, I approached it not just with interest, but with curiosity - I, like many, questioning the dual casting of both Paul Dano and John Cusack as THE BEACH BOYS' Brian Wilson. As audiences quickly came to see, the dual casting of 60s Brian and 80s Brian was inspired - and the occasional glimpses of the real Brian Wilson through archive footage only added to the surreal portrayal of one of music's finest writers and arrangers. Yes, they look different from one another (though Dano really nails the 60s appearance), but they feel like the same person - the film playing as a seamless portrait between an artist on the cusp of greatness, and an artist both lost and trapped. LOVE & MERCY is one of my featured picks for music lovers in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide, and through November 1st, Lionsgate and THE ROCK FATHER are giving you a chance to win a copy!

Bonus: The recent documentary, THE WRECKING CREW, is a fascinating companion piece to LOVE & MERCY - focusing on the hired-gun studio musicians who worked with Brian Wilson in the recording of PET SOUNDS (along with hundreds of other famous releases).

Enter to Win LOVE & MERCY on Blu-ray:

Use the Rafflecopter Widget below (it will guide you), starting with the first (mandatory) entry method - Leave a Disqus comment on this post that shares your answer to the following: 

QUESTION: What is your favorite song by THE BEACH BOYS or BRIAN WILSON?

After that, you can complete social actions for additional, completely optional entries. Please Note: By entering giveaways on The Rock Father, you agree to comply with my fairness policy. 

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The Fine Print: 

Promotion open to residents of the U.S. only, ages 18+, void where prohibited. Winner will be chosen on, about, or after November 1, 2015, and will be notified via email to confirm. If no response within 24 hours, an alternate winner will be chosen. Prize provided and shipped by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

1980s-style Disclaimer: Many will enter, few will win! Please allow 8-12 weeks for delivery of prizing (seriously, probably not that long), The Rock Father is not responsible for any lost or misdirected packages. In the rare occasion that a prize does not arrive (which, sadly, has happened), you have no remedy other than moving on.

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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