21 episodes

Join record producer / manager / legendary guitarist & founding member of Twisted Sister JAY JAY FRENCH as he shares stories from five decades in the industry and takes you on a rock star tour through the music business and beyond!

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Join record producer / manager / legendary guitarist & founding member of Twisted Sister JAY JAY FRENCH as he shares stories from five decades in the industry and takes you on a rock star tour through the music business and beyond!

    Michael Imperioli

    Michael Imperioli

    Michael Imperioli has been a part of more modern classic films than most. Hear all about his remarkable career as an actor, writer, director and musician on this week's episode of The Jay Jay French Connection - Beyond the Music! Jay Jay & Michael discuss all things New York, method acting, guitars, musicianship, life as a multi-faceted artist and much more. Don't miss this episode, and be sure to check out the record "La Dolce Vita" by Zopa, Michael's current musical project!

    https://zopa.bandcamp.com/album/la-dolce-vita

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Eddie Ojeda

    Eddie Ojeda

    This week's guest is Jay Jay's Twisted Sister brother - guitarist Eddie Ojeda! Eddie and Jay Jay became friends in 1969 while still in high school, and began playing in Twisted Sister in 1975. Hear the story of their first meeting, their first band together called "Powder," and what first made Eddie pick up the guitar. Don't miss this intimate conversation between these two lifelong friends!

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Eddie Trunk

    Eddie Trunk

    If there's any one radio personality that knows all things Heavy Metal & Hard Rock - it's Eddie Trunk. Tune in to hear all about Eddie's journey into how he became the music historian, talk show host, author & heavy metal radio legend that he is today. Hear stories from how Eddie would collect records & discover new music as a kid, to how he convinced Twisted Sister to get back together & play for the first time after 14 years of being broken up, for the benefit concert New York Steel in 2001. Learn all about why Jay Jay can't separate the history of Twisted Sister with Eddie Trunk, as we approach the 20th anniversary of New York Steel.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Steve Vai

    Steve Vai

    Guitar virtuoso, composer, songwriter & producer Steve Vai joins Jay Jay for a one of a kind conversation on this week's episode of The Jay Jay French Connection. Listen to Steve tell the story of how he began his career - as a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa - at the insanely young age of 18! Steve shares this and many other stories about his remarkable journey in music, and how he became the musical polymath that he is today. Jay Jay & Steve talk discuss their guitar collections, Steve going to see Twisted Sister play in Long Island NY as a kid, notable influences, and much more. Don't miss this week's episode of The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music!

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Dorothy Carvello

    Dorothy Carvello

    Record industry veteran, author and activist Dorothy Carvello joins Jay Jay this week to discuss her tell all book about the record industry, "Anything for a Hit." This episode is a must listen for musicians and fans alike. Dorothy's book exposes the biggest names & executive level individuals in the industry, revealing some of the worst realities about the music industry in doing so. Hear Dorothy discuss her experience working as an executive, why she was driven to write this book, and the current ways in which she is working to improve the state of the music industry, including here soon to be announced foundation. Don't miss this episode and be sure to pick up Dorothy Carvello's "Anything for a Hit."

    • 49 min
    Gary Spivack

    Gary Spivack

    This week's guest is Music Industry veteran Gary Spivack, Gary talks to Jay Jay about his incredible new documentary "Long Live Rock" featuring Metallica! This is Gary's love letter to live Rock n Roll.

    Listen to Gary explain to Jay Jay his passion for live rock music, and how this movie - filmed in the USA - directly contradicts those who say that Rock is dead in America. This documentary, which you can check out at www.longliverockmovie.com featuring Metallica, is living proof! Be sure to catch the film's global premier and special Q&A this March 11th.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

vcvvvvvvvvvvb ,

Pretty good

JJ’s a great host.
Love the fact that he mixes music, business, family and politics and speaks honestly about each. That takes courage. Would love to see him interview some of the people who were on Tipper Gore’s Censorship Committee.

JGK177 ,

Thoroughly enjoyable

I listened to your first two shows (so far). Really enjoyed hearing you and Mike talk- the best part was you both sounded like you were enjoying the conversation and it was a good balance of technical talk, nostalgia and humor! Same with Chef Lomonico.. congratulations John! You really were made to do this! Well done!

TheGoosh ,

Great Podcast

Extremely entertaining to listen to. I love the podcast but I will give it 4 stars as I don’t get what possesses Jay Jay to talk about politics. It’s a bit visceral to make it so important to you to alienate half the population.

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