This week’s guest, Scott Benarde, is author of the book “Stars of David: Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Jewish Stories.” In his book Scott focuses on how Judaism influenced the life & the art of many individuals in Rock n Roll. Scott combines his passion for Judaism, journalism and rock ‘n’ roll – the result: a revealing look at what has been, until now, the “stealth” contribution and influence of Judaism on rock music and the people who make it. Don’t miss this unique conversation, only on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music.
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.
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.
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.