James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events 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, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 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.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, 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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I've always wanted to go to SESAME PLACE, a quest that likely began in the early 1980's when the OAK RIDGE BOYS released a music video that was filmed in the now-defunct location in Irving, Texas. On June 2-3, 2012 - The SESAME PLACE in Langhorne, PA will be hosting a ''Sprout Weekend with Chica and Super Why,'' and if my second daughter wasn't due less than two weeks from those dates, we might've seriously considered the trek. My daughter absolutley loves Chica from Sprout's SUNNY SIDE UP SHOW, and SESAME STREET and SUPER WHY are both on the daily viewing schedule here at Rock Father HQ.

Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials contacted The Rock Father™ last night to announce the seventh major performer slated for Summerfest 2012. Boston rockers AEROSMITH will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Saturday, July 7 at 8:00 pm along with Chicago's CHEAP TRICK as special guests.

AEROSMITH will perform the Summerfest date as part of The Global Warming Tour, which is also being announced today.

I had no idea that I'd be spending time on a Friday night discussing a 24-year-old movie, but here I am about to throw down some virtual ink in regards to the 1988 Penny Marshall-directed film BIG. Having inexplicably injured my back earlier this week and visiting a Chiropractor for the first time (cue PANTERA's I'm Broken), I've spent more time on the couch in the past three days than I've probably spent sitting in the past three months.

My wife has stated on numerous occasions that I'm ''a closet hillbilly.'' Sure, there might be some facts to back that up seeing as I have family with rural roots, own more than one DUKES OF HAZZARD t-shirt, think that KENNY ROGERS is a National Treasure, own quite a few of those old Time-Life Country collections on vinyl, and just last week I went to four stores looking for a copy of the new SHOOTER JENNINGS album on an archaic format called a ''compact disc'' (I found it at Walmart). Factor in the amount of time I spend gardening, and... The Rock Father™ will neither confirm nor deny the accusation officially. What I will say is that I like the new album from FARMER JASON and BUDDIES very much.

Released last year through Fisher-Price Music, THE MERRY GOES 'ROUND is the second full-length set of kids music from singer/songwriter JEWEL. Touted as an album ''fondly made to be enjoyed by adults and children alike,'' Jewel offers up a 16-track assortment of original songs and old favorites that find the songstress expanding upon her signature folk-pop stylings with a heavy dash of Southern flavor.

I have not yet seen THE MUPPETS, the 2011 Disney relaunch of the beloved characters to the big screen on which they belong. Yes, it was released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download this week, but I haven't gotten to it just yet. In promotion of the home video release, THE MUPPETS have been popping up all over the place, most recently on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (a show I was almost on once). Last night, DR TEETH & THE ELECTRIC MAYHEM paid a visit to the show, bringing with them guest drummer TRAVIS BARKER. While they busted out the classic tune Can You Picture That?, this was a perfect opportunity for ANIMAL to square off in a drum battle with the BLINK-182 skin-basher. Check out The Rock Father approved video below!

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