Backstory: Meet Writer and Wellness Activist James Cogan
Homerically returning stateside, he decided he didn’t want to grade papers, so he moved to LA and became a waiter instead. Back in his hometown of Chicago he applied for a gig at the prestigious Chicago Recording Company (having fudged just a bit on a resume––stating he 'worked for' the top three LA studios, when in fact he had never set foot in a recording studio).
He nearly got fired–repeatedly–but quickly rose through the ranks to become the top Jazz recording engineer in the city for two decades (that would be 80s and 90s). Village Voice named two albums he recorded in the 1980s among the Top 50 Jazz Albums of the decade.
Concurrent with recording legendary Chicago jazz artists, Cogan was hired to teach audio at the rapidly growing Columbia College Chicago. In just three years, he became full-time faculty in the well-regarded Audio Arts Department.
A book on the legendary recording studios of America, Temples of Sound (Chronicle Books, 2003) followed. Boasting a forward by Quincy Jones, Temples became an instant classic. Fans include Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys, Paul Shaffer (Late Night With David Letterman) Kanye West, Faith Hill and many more.
In the early aughts, Cogan changed course. He became, almost by accident, a Yogi. Gaining certification and experience, he opened the doors to his very own yoga studio, The Yoga Shop, in 2012, despite having zero experience as a brick-and-mortar business owner. At the same time, he obtained his Masters’ Degree in Health and Wellness from DePaul University.
Cogan is now poised to go further and higher, finally realizing his dharma. His first solo book, Dude Get A Clue, The Gnarly Death of the American Gent, will be released Fall of 2022. Twenty-two essays fill out an incendiary book that deals with uncomfortable topics, like the pornification of America, the ‘Hunger Games with Emojis’ culture of Online Dating, and the frightening rise of the Manosphere. James is available for your next intriguing Podcast, Workshop or Speaking engagement.