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!
Mark Mendoza Part II
This week is part II of Jay Jay's conversation with Mark Mendoza! Tune in to hear these 2 lifelong friends share stories that they've never told each other. Mark discusses in depth how he got to where he is in music - from the first bands he auditioned for and played with, all the way to his current musical activity & ongoing projects.
Mark is a legendary bass player that has an incomparable feel, stage presence & knowledge of the bass guitar. Mark & Jay Jay have been business partners, musical collaborators & in-laws to one another for years. Don't miss this one of a kind conversation - only on the Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music.
Steve Binder Part II
Jay Jay welcomes back a very special guest, renowned producer & director Steve Binder. Tune in to catch part two of their conversation, all about The Elvis Presley: '68 Comeback Special - a televised concert of Elvis Presley which aired on December 3rd, 1968 via NBC, that Steve produced & directed. Hear the story of how Steve & Elvis connected to create this documentary, and how it changed both of their lives.
If you're an Elvis fan - you won't want to miss the stories included in this week's episode - what made Elvis such a genuinely loveable figure to all those who worked with him, how Colonel Parker effected Elvis's career, to the youth craze surrounding Elvis and how his hip swinging gained so much international publicity. Hear these stories exclusively on The Jay Jay French Connection - Beyond the Music!
Steve Farber Book Release Episode
Jay Jay's book "Twisted Business: Lessons from My Life in Rock 'n Roll" is available on September 21st, & is currently available for preorder. Twisted Business is co-authored by Jay Jay's great friend and mentor Steve Farber, and their book is the focus of today's episode.
Tune in to hear Steve's second appearance on the show to learn all about how Steve & Jay Jay met & built a lifelong friendship together, & to hear the ins and outs of how they selected the stories and topics to be included in the book.
"In addition to founding Twisted Sister, a world-famous heavy metal band that has sold more than 20 million records worldwide, Jay Jay French is one of the top entrepreneurs in entertainment. After taking over as manager in the ‘70s, French developed Twisted Sister into the most heavily licensed heavy metal band in history, leading the group to perform more than 9,000 shows in forty countries.
Part business book, part memoir, Twisted Business is an unexpected, inspiring, whirlwind story of transformation and redemption. Twisted Business follows French’s adventure-filled life—from growing up in New York City in the sixties, to working as a drug dealer and struggling as an addict before quitting cold-turkey, and finally, to creating and cultivating Twisted Sister and turning it into one of the most successful brands in the world.
Together with his mentor, Steve Farber, a best-selling author and one of the world’s top leadership and management experts, French offers unique, hard-earned tips and advice from his nearly 50 years as a musician, music business manager, and entrepreneur. French shows how, through tenacity, grit, and dedication, anyone can create their own brand, grow a successful business, re-invent themselves, or simply find success in what they love to do. Entertaining, provocative, funny, and informative, this book is the trip of a lifetime and a treasured guide for entrepreneurs, business people, and music fans alike."
Steve Binder Part I
This week's guest is the legendary producer and director Steve Binder. Steve found success behind the camera on television shows showcasing music, when he was only in his early 20s. He was also influential in creating music programs that featured a wide range of musical styles. He's well known as being the director & producer of the remarkable rock documentary known as the T.A.M.I. Show, which greatly influenced Jay Jay immediately upon seeing it growing up - showcasing artists such as James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Chuck Berry, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Jan and Dean, Smokey Robinson, Leon Russell, Lesley Gore & many more.
Tune in to hear why Jay Jay calls James Brown's performance on the T.A.M.I Show the "single greatest performance done by a human being, on the planet." Hear all about Steve's life story, and why he believes that when talent, timing & luck all hit at the same time, this is the combination that can accelerate your life & your career.
Be sure to keep an eye out for part II of their conversation, in which Steve & Jay Jay will further discuss the Elvis Presley: 68' comeback special, which Steve also directed and produced.
Lifelong friend of Jay Jay's, & Twisted Sister bandmate Mark "The Animal" Mendoza is this week's special guest. Mark is a legendary bass player that has an incomparable feel, stage presence & knowledge of the bass guitar. Mark & Jay Jay have been business partners, musical collaborators & in-laws to one another for years. Despite how well they know one another, Mark & Jay Jay still manage to find uncovered ground through sitting down & taking the time to chat on the podcast. Hear all about Mark's influences, the ins & outs of what shaped his signature sound, & his current musical projects.
Don't miss this conversation on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music.
This week's guest is a music industry powerhouse, & good friend of Jay Jay's - Jay Marciano. Jay is currently the CEO & chairman of AEG, & one of the biggest figures behind the scenes in the live event industry. Hear Jay discuss how he caught the music bug, his early career working in music promotion, & the efforts he has made to help keep the live music industry healthy & afloat this past year. Tune into this insider conversation only The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music.
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.
Life long T.S fan here, love hearing Jay Jay's stories and insights along with great interviews with top notch guests from the music industry!
I look forward to it weekly...
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!