ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fact is stranger than fiction. A brain trust of
Hollywood’s most talented
creative minds could never conceive the cultural icon that is
performance artist, controversial author and Snake Oil salesman
Rose burst into national
prominence during the 1992 Lollapalooza tour, garnering raves on
MTV and publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to
Rolling Stone. The venerable rock ‘n’ roll magazine called the
Jim Rose Circus “the absolute must-see act.” USA Today
termed Rose’s troupe “Lollapalooza’s word of mouth hit
attraction.” The quick witted show became the darling of high
and low brow society alike.
Prior to Lollapalooza, Rose honed
his spectacular and exotic skills throughout Europe and North
America. His shows are revered as a mind bending thrill ride.
Rose leads and misleads a rapt audience on a journey rife with
black magic secrets, idiotic achievements and dangerous
It explores and sometimes
exposes the intricate distinctions between man, monster and
dumbass. Performances are infused with Rose’s wicked wit,
hilarious asides and stunning feats. He delights the audience
with a charismatic tongue-in-cheek style reminiscent of the
glory days of P.T. Barnum.
Since the early Nineties, Rose
has headlined seven world tours and released a self titled video
(on Rick Rubin’s American Recordings) which quickly became a
cult classic. A perennial favorite among the most influential
musical artists in the world, Rose was invited in 1994 to tour
with Nine Inch Nails and a then unknown Marilyn Manson. Tours
with Korn and Godsmack followed.
By 1998, Rose and his Circus were
astonishing the masses on another world tour and on other
levels. First, Rose was featured as a guest star on The
X-Files. Then his eccletic lifestyle and compelling
personality became the basis for a provocative literary work.
His book, Freak Like Me was released by Bantam Doubleday
Dell and ending up on several best-seller lists.
As reported in the LA Times and
Daily Variety, he has sold the book’s movie rights to White
Peach Productions and scheduled to start shooting at the end of
this year. Later, Rose’s legendary persona garned a new degree
of infamy thanks to hit TV show
Homer joined Rose’s circus as the Human Cannonball in a truly
Rose’s recent accolades include
being the top ticket of the Melbourne (Australia), New Zealand
and Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe and Comedy Festivals. Jim Rose
can also be played. He is the popular Psymon on Play Station’s
new SSX Tricky and SledStorm 2, both EA products. His TV
series “The Jim Rose Twisted Tour” can be seen in reruns all
over the world.
Rose’s cutting edge business
acumen has been noticed organically: Wall Street Journal
cover story, Fast
Company magazine cover
and featured in the new book The Deviant’s Advantage. He
has been hired to consult for numerous corporations including
Microsoft and regularly assists public relations firms with pop
culture campaigns and strategy. Rose served as a spokesperson
for Gordon’s Gin and his creative exploits were detailed in the
Art of the Publicity Stunt.
He has just wrapped as an actor for the movie ”Doubting Riley”
produced by HBO’s “Project Greenlight” alumni. Rose currently
resides in Las Vegas, busily preparing his next literary
project, planning a world tour, consulting and playing poker. On
the side, he even finds time to extol the virtues of Snake Oil.
A Few Words about the Cover
Portrait of Jim Rose
In a world of digital
technology, Gail Potocki wastrained in the manner of the Old
Masters, learning to blend the brushwork of Rembrandt
with the ideals of the 19th century Symbolists. Seeing Jim’s
circus performance and recognizing his passion for the lost
arts is what led Gail to appreciate Jim as a fellow
anachronism and inspired her to create his portrait. Much like
the lemurs assisting his pose, Gail views Jim as an exotic and
nearly extinct creature.
Gail, who was the First Prize
winner of the 2002 International Symbolist Art show “The
Dreamer and the Dreamed” and in 2003 won the top prize of
Choix des Juges at Brave Destiny, the world’s largest
exhibition of Surrealist Art, continues to work in Chicago,
finding inspiration in building her collection of 19th century
mystical Art Nouveau artifacts.
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