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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 just posted last week that THE SMITHS are getting a Lullaby Album via Rockabye Baby! next month, but now the adults can get in on the action with an extensive collection of reissues. The folks over at Rhino have sent The Rock Father™ full details and tracklistings for the entire affair - all of which can be read below.

Tuesday, March 20 2012 21:05

Free Download: CHERRI BOMB - "Raw. Real"

I'm really digging CHERRI BOMB, and I think by the end of 2012, a lot of people will be feeling the same way. Hollywood Records sent over their 2011 STARK EP last week along with an advance copy of their forthcoming album THIS IS THE END OF CONTROL, and believe me - this L.A.-based group of teenage female rockers is impressive. Managed by former HOLE drummer Samantha Maloney, CHERRI BOMB is offering a limited-time Free Download of their new single, Raw. Real. Grab a copy on their official site, or through the TopSpin widget below.

Next Tuesday (March 26), THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS will release their long-awaited fourth studio album, KIDS IN THE STREET (Interscope). Tonight, an email arrived at The Rock Father HQ with a link to their just-released album trailer, so let's give it a look, shall we?

LEGO Super Heroes New for 2012

It's days like today when I realize just how far behind I am in my videogame playing. I have an XBOX 360 and a Wii sitting here, neither of which have been fired up in ages, and news hits that LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPERHEROES is coming. I haven't even played LEGO BATMAN 1 yet! But, as a kid that grew up on DC Comics (sorry, MARVEL) I am really excited about this. It's the perfect way to build upon the best-selling LEGO videogame of all-time (I loved LEGO STAR WARS) and expand into the newly-launched line of DC Superheroes that LEGO has. Even better? They used Danny Elfman's BATMAN theme alongside John Williams' SUPERMAN theme in the trailer. Watch this:

So much rock, so little time. If you're only popping into The Rock Father™ for these rapid-fire updates, be sure to check out the homepage for some family-friendly rock n' roll adventures. As for this installment of The Random Rock N' More, I've got updates galore covering 40 bands and artists. If you're not familiar with how this works - I give you the essential information, then give you a link if you choose to learn more. The Random Rock is first, with N' More (all other genres) following. Here we go...

Updated 3/20/12 - An attorney and a member of Jason Mraz' management team contacted me about this album tonight, wrongfully accusing me of distributing unauthorized music. This is a news item - just as there are many other news items on this site. Making an assumption without research is foolish. The Rock Father™ is a music-centric ''Daddy Blog & Website,'' and there is nothing on this website that should in any way indicate that I am a distributor of music. I receive press releases and decide which albums to cover - just as I've done at other websites, papers, and magazines in the past. You can check out the Music for Kids or the Music for Grown-ups sections for other similarly-formatted pieces of music news. If people either can't read, nor properly comprehend what they're reading, that's not my problem. The original news item continues unedited below this text. - James

Updated Again: Since ABC News Radio has covered the album as well, perhaps these members of Jason Mraz' ''team'' will attack them as well? I somehow doubt it. - James

The good folks at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star have released the 63rd installment of their popular Lullaby series, with LULLABY VERSIONS OF JASON MRAZ hitting iTunes and other digital retailers today. The 13-track collection of ''lush instrumental versions'' of Mr. A to Z's most popular songs is priced at only $7.99, and includes the recent hit ''I Won't Give Up'' - the original version of which appears on Mraz' forthcoming new album, LOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD (due out April 17 via Atlantic). The Rock Father™ has the full tracklisting for Lullaby Versions of Jason Mraz below, along with a preview stream of ''I'm Yours.''

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