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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Stepping out of family-friendly and back into Dad Zone here, it's no secret that I've been a big fan of the CALL OF DUTY franchise. That said, I thought the last installment needed some work, but the forthcoming CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II looks to be just what the doctor ordered. After a long day of changing diapers and prepping bottles, sometimes a guy just has to blow up some pixels, and with a story by David S. Goyer (co-writer of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES) and music by Trent Reznor (NINE INCH NAILS), it would seem the fans have been listened to. Check out the new 'Villain" trailer below. The Rock Father will be playing this come November...
Lots of news today - THE KILLERS have a new record out on September 18th (it's called BATTLE BORN); the remaining members of RUN-DMC are reuniting at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this November; and CARLY RAE JEPSEN's 'Call Me Maybe' has been deemed the most-streamed song of the year with 54.5 million streaming plays. Speaking of Miss Jepsen, COOKIE MONSTER released a new music video today, and coincidentally, it spoofs 'Maybe as SESAME STREET: SHARE IT MAYBE. What's it about? Well, cookies, of course. Watch it.
LA-based musician MELISSA GREEN has a new family-oriented album called SING LOUD! due out on July 31st, and today she's released the music video for the title track. You can check it out below, right here on The Rock Father. You might recall mention of SING LOUD! before, as it's the album that features Brooke Shields on two tracks.
This could be the biggest Lullaby record of the year. Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star just sent over details on Lullaby Pop HitZzz Vol 1, a new collection of 15 songs from the likes of Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Foster the People, Owl City, and more - all given the ''lush instrumental'' lullaby treatment. Check out the tracklisting below, then hit this link to grab the album on iTunes. In a lot of ways, this reminds me of PUNK GOES POP, but for the smallest little members of the family.
I make references to THE BLUES BROTHERS all the time here on The Rock Father. To find them, you'd have to do some sniffing around, as they're subtle. MR. DIDDIE WAH DIDDIE, the new album from RANDY KAPLAN should warrant such a reference, but the only thing I can really come up with is that the narrator, Lightnin’ Bodkins (suspiciously Kaplan-esque) is sorta like Cab Calloway was as Curtis: He's there to teach the kids the ways of The Blues.
Somehow I missed this. Maybe it's because this past week was abnormally busy and the 4th of July fell on a Wednesday, but somehow I missed a release from my buds over at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star - LULLABY VERSIONS OF WIDESPREAD PANIC. Returning to the jam band realm as they did with Phish and the Grateful Dead, these are ''lush instrumental versions'' of hits that call upon listeners to ''soothe your coconut and dream of the space wrangler tonight.'' Check out the tracklisting below, then click here to get it on iTunes.