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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It was three years ago today that the inspiration for The Rock Father entered our lives: Adalyn Monet is 3! It was also 13 years ago today that my wife and I were married. Yes, it's a day for dual celebration, as the little one arrived on our 10th Anniversary back in 2009. With the birthday falling during the week this year, we held our annual summer gathering together with Addie's 3rd Birthday Party this past Saturday, and today I'm sharing some photos with you here on the site. The theme for the party this year? Caillou.
The folks at Harmonix just hit The Rock Father with the latest news on DLC coming to their ROCK BAND platform, which is still rocking hard nearly five years-in! Next week, tracks from HOOBASTANK, WHITESNAKE, and CUTTING CREW will be hitting the Rock Band store. Check out the details below.
It won't be on iTunes and the usual digital outlets until Tuesday, August 7 - but The Rock Father has your first listen to ''Everybody's Pirates,'' the first single from PIRATES BOOTY, the new album from Clint Perry & The Boo Hoo Crew. Check out the track stream below, then give the 'Crew a like on Facebook. PIRATES BOOTY hits retail on September 17, just two days before ''Talk Like a Pirate Day!'' ARRRRRRRRGGGH!
The Warner Sound continues their string of exclusive ''Live Room'' performances this week with a set from ED SHEERAN, recorded live at Hinge Studios in Chicago. You can check out his Nina Simone cover, "Be My Husband" below, or scroll down for his full performance. Weird sidebar? A lifetime ago (11-12 years or so) I interviewed with Hinge producer/engineer Craig Bauer for an internship. I ended up pursuing film classes at the time instead of audio production.
In advance of their August 14th release, APPLE APPLE, solar-powered Washington State band THE HARMONICA POCKET have released a new music video: Diaperman. The Andrew Burke-directed clip can be viewed below, a fitting introduction to a new superhero whose costume is frequently replenished in the baby department of your local Target. I just made that last part up. They say that ''Diaperman's diaper is always clean...''
ASTROGRASS, NYC's ''premiere bluegrass band for all ages'' has announced an October 16, 2012 release date for their latest album, THE COLORED PENCIL FACTORY. Notes Astrograss's Jordan Shapiro, "I believe that bluegrass music, and all American folk music, is essential listening for kids, and I also believe that the purity of the music is important. We made The Colored Pencil Factory without the use of any amplifiers, drums, pedals, or 'effects.' We recorded the album in our fiddle player's living room and played the songs just the way we'd play them at a park or in a kitchen. It's pure, organic, natural Americana." Pretty cool, right? Check out the tracklisting and cover art below.