Tuesday, April 30 2013 20:50

PBS Digital Studios unearths BEASTIE BOYS interview for BLANK ON BLANK...

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This is one of those stories that I didn't really know where to file here on The Rock Father. I could put it in the "For Grownups" section, but then many of you that just skim the "family-friendly" frontpage wouldn't see it. Plus, since it ties into something that I'd previously posted in my personal blog, that's where we are today...

Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Adam Yauch... MCA of the BEASTIE BOYS. I shared my thoughts on his demise the day after it happened, and now, a year later, something old is new again.

PBS DIGITAL STUDIOS has unearthed a never-before-heard interview with the BEASTIE BOYS, one in which "they reflect on touring with Madonna and winning over her audiences, their hardcore NYC street credit vs. a suburban perception, and discuss how they named their group with the 'stupidest name' they could come up with." The piece has been animated into the latest installment of David Gerlach's BLANK ON BLANK series. Watch it below:

The interview originally took place in 1985 by Rocci Fisch for ABC News Radio. The source audio was rescued from cassette tape, and animated by Patrick Smith.

For more episodes of BLANK ON BLANK from PBS DIGITAL STUDIOS, check out their channel on YouTube.

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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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