James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade as Publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, he joined Adventure Publishing Group 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. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 25 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.
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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As the Mandan Bride corn that STORY LAURIE sent us continues growing in The Rock Father Garden, now comes an update from Laurie on the musical front: her first music video has been released. Below the break you can check out "Five Little Monkeys," a video which features the entire McIntosh family in a new take on the classic nursery rhyme. Dean Jones of DOG ON FLEAS makes a cameo appearance playing cuica and whistle.
The folks over at AMERICAN GIRL have supplied The Rock Father with the full details on their newest historical character, Caroline Abbott. Set for release on September 4, Caroline's debut ''will inspire today's girls with stories of courage and kindness as she becomes a true hero by giving of herself without expecting anything in return. Caroline is a 9-year-old girl growing up near Lake Ontario (Sackets Harbor) during the War of 1812.'' As with all historical character releases, Caroline will be presented as an 18" doll, complete with accessories and a story told in a six-book set. Photos and more details on all six books below!
A few months back we took part in an EVE TO ADAM ticket Giveaway, and it was so well-received that we're doing it again. The NYC-based band is back on the road in support of CREED, and has partnered with THE ROCK FATHER on a syndicated contest (with several sites) to hook up some readers with tickets to a show near them.
Texas-based Alaskan metal act TURBID NORTH are hitting the road for THE TRUDGE TOUR, and much as they did last year when I reviewed their debut album (reposted from another site, here), they had one of their operatives hit me up personally to help spread the word. To get said word out there, they took a page from the book of NAVY SEALS and HOT SHOTS with a special video in which the entire Turbid Team is assembled 80's action style. Video and dates below.
Until last week, I'd never heard of TURBID NORTH. If not for a well-placed press release that landed in my email with just enough info to grab my attention, I may still be saying 'Turbid who?' Instead, I requested a copy of the Texas-based Alaskan metallers debut album.
With the 2012 Summer Olympics currently in-progress, Los Angeles-based Children's entertainer TWINKLE TIME has released a 'video tribute to TEAM USA past and present' set to their new single, "Made in the U.S.A." The title track from Twinkle's recently-released second album (available now on iTunes), the song can be heard below.