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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The folks over at Rockabye Baby! just hit The Rock Father with details on their latest release, Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Kiss. Slated for release on August 28th, this new collection features a dozen of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Co.'s greatest hits, stripped down and lullabied. Check out the album synopsis and tracklisting below. Artwork has yet to be revealed...
The next installment of the ROCK BAND franchise is totally different, and it's arriving next month in the form of ROCK BAND BLITZ. First announced on The Rock Father this past April, the game requires no special accessories or peripherals, and is playable with your regular controller. ROCK BAND BLITZ arrives on PlayStation® Network on August 28th for $14.99 and to Xbox LIVE® Arcade on August 29th for 1200 Microsoft Points™. More tracks were just announced, and the complete listing can be found below alongside the latest developer video.
The guys from HULLABALOO have released a video for their country-flavored track, 'Dad Upside Down,' which comes from their upcoming album, RAISE A RUCKUS (out Sept. 4). The colorful video features artwork by Tonia Senoo, and can be viewed below. Dig the vid? Then check out their official site for even more goodness.
The Rock Father has been dishing out quite a bit of awesome SMASHING PUMPKINS swag lately (still time to enter this one), but no giveaway has been quite like this. To celebrate the incredible Deluxe Reissue of PISCES ISCARIOT this week, I've partnered with SP and Total Assault to get one lucky reader hooked up with the massive deluxe package AND reissues of GISH and SIAMESE DREAM. I don't even have these, so whoever wins will score my envy as well. To enter, you simply have to LIKE The Rock Father on Facebook, and use the widget below to cast your entry. Very simple.
It's not the first time they've been lullabied, but GREEN DAY fans can check out a new collection of lullabies inspired by the trio with LULLABY VERSIONS OF GREEN DAY. The folks over at Roma Music Group hit The Rock Father with the full details on the set, which hit iTunes and Amazon today under their popular Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star line - which is now up to 77(!) titles. Check out the tracklisting below...
I've been telling you about RIFF ROCKIT since I reviewed his debut album here on The Rock Father this past March, and if you have kids and like to rock - then hopefully you've checked him out. Riff will soon release his first DVD, RIFF ROCKIT: LIVE IN CONCERT, and today a couple of previews hit Riff's Facebook, so I couldn't resist sharing them with you here. Check out the trailer, and a full performance of 'Jump Up' below. I've said it before, but this reminds me a lot of KIDS INCORPORATED...