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, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also 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.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, 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 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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SIRIUS|XM Radio - XM eStoreWe've got SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio in the Equinox, and when I noticed that there were only two channels of Holiday Music that popped last week, I was a little disappointed. I was sure that there were more last year, and it turns out I was right - they just don't launch on the same day. SiriusXM is rolling out several more Holiday Programming options in the coming weeks, and I've got the full details for you right here on The Rock Father. Yes, the girls and I have already been spinning some Christmas music in the car, interspersed with Kids Place Live...

It's a big day for fans of music gaming, as ROCK BAND has officially turned five years old as of today. The folks over at Harmonix have posted some memories from their staff members, all in celebration of a game that has outlasted it's competitors, and continues to bring new DLC content every week. This week, the family-friendly ROCK BAND 3 and ROCK BAND BLITZ get six singles from six decades. Fun Fact: ROCK BAND was actually the reason I initially got an XBOX 360. After playing it at a party in November of 2007, I was hooked. My wife bought me the full band kit and an XBOX 360 (my first of several) the following month for Xmas. Now that we have kids, I let my oldest pound away on my original ROCK BAND drum kit, while I use the upgraded set with cymbals.

No matter what you believe, I think it's safe to say that this is another story where the public will never know the whole truth. Earlier today, Kevin Clash, the man who has been the voice and performer behind Elmo on SESAME STREET for over two decades, officially resigned. This comes following a tumultuous month that began with allegations of an inappropriate relationship with an underage boy - allegations later retracted, and now being disputed once more. Now a second person has stepped forward with accusations, and both Sesame Workshop and Kevin Clash have issued new statements.

The folks over at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment just got in touch with The Rock Father to spread the word on some Black Friday Savings that are currently in-progress over at Fox Connect. They've got DVDs from $3.99 and Blu-Rays from $4.99, with titles available for the whole family. I've got some highlights below, but there's also a chance for you to score a FREE COPY of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES on Blu-Ray in a Giveaway right here on The Rock Father! Scroll down for details...

Microsoft StoreSure, it's barely Thanksgiving, but if you're online looking for some pre-Black Friday savings, then the Microsoft Store just might have what you need. They've got incredible deals on XBOX 360 Consoles, Beats by Dre Headphones, Laptops, Software, and more. Take a look at some highlights below...

Shop Now at HotTopic.com!While there's a good chance that you're watching a parade right now or getting ready to chow down on some Thanksgiving Turkey, those in the mood for some early Black Friday shopping can head on over to Hot Topic's website for some crazy deals right now. Technically, I wrote this post on Tuesday and set it to publish today (gotta love technology), so while I'm not actually working, The Rock Father is still sharing the deals for families on a budget. How does "All Tees $10" sound?

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