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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Having covered THE DIRTY HEADS at length on the last site I worked for, I've long-respected the band while not necessarily getting into them. Despite loving surf rock, I'm not a big 'beach' guy, and that's probably what kept them at a distance. I tend to skip the Jimmy Buffett and leave the Sublime with Rome to someone else. With the release of THE DIRTY HEADS' latest album, CABIN BY THE SEA (out now in standard and deluxe editions), something hit me and became very clear: their sun-drenched, beach-infused vibes are irresistible.
I've been procrastinating on writing my review, but the recently-released DANKO JONES DVD, BRING ON THE MOUNTAIN absolutely rules. Is that my review right there? Maybe, maybe not, but it's a rockumentary well-worth checking out. Now comes news that DANKO JONES will release their new album, ROCK AND ROLL IS BLACK AND BLUE on October 9, 2012. If it's anything like their last album, chances are this one will rock hard and rule all as well...
Following up their massive success with the MISTER ROGERS remix, Garden of Your Mind, PBS Digital Studios hit The Rock Father with word on their follow-up... BOB ROSS Remixed. Once again created by Symphony of Science's John D. Boswell for PBS Digital Studios, the new mix pays tribute to the iconic host of THE JOY OF PAINTING, and is entitled Happy Little Clouds. Check it out below, and if you like it - share it!
The folks over at Diamond Select Toys hit The Rock Father with details on some upcoming Minimates this afternoon, complete with photos. Among the new offerings are figures and vehicles from THE MUNSTERS, STAR TREK (the original series), and a special version of SANTA CLAUS... on a pirate ship. Are any of you collecting these? Check out the details below...
It's the end of July and since Hobby Lobby has their Christmas stuff displayed in full glory, that means that Halloween is just three months away! I kid, because I love Hobby Lobby and Christmas... but HALLOWEEN? That's my favorite holiday of them all. In fact, I can't wait to start covering all things ghoulish here on The Rock Father this year, and today I've got the first bit of Halloween-themed news for the season... On October 9, award-winning kids' musician ANDY Z will release his fifth studio album, THE GRAND SCREAM OF THINGS, a musical Halloween audio play created especially for kids in their “tweens."
Harmonix hit The Rock Father with news that tracks from Foster the People and The Strokes are headed to the Rock Band™ Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii™. These new additions are compatible with Rock Band 3, and the forthcoming Rock Band Blitz. Details below...