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Jim Carroll

Jim CarrollAKA James Dennis Carroll

Born: 1-Aug-1949
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 11-Sep-2009
Location of death: Manhattan, NY
Cause of death: Heart Attack
Remains: Buried, Saint Peters Cemetery, Haverstraw, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author, Singer/Songwriter

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Basketball Diaries

Poet and punk rocker, Jim Carroll is best known for his 1978 memoir The Basketball Diaries, documenting his teenage life as basketball star and heroin addict at the Trinity School. It can best be described as "wild." The book was re-released to mass market in 1980, and then adapted into the 1995 film, The Basketball Diaries starring Leonardo DiCaprio. In the 1970s, Carroll did some work for Andy Warhol, writing dialogue for films. The Jim Carroll band released several albums, notable of which was Catholic Boy (1980), containing the single that earned him the most airplay, "People Who Died." A critically acclaimed poet admired by Ginsberg and Kerouac, Carroll published six volumes of poetry, but never finished his novel. He died at his Manhattan home in 2009 from a heart attack.

Brother: Tom
Wife: Rosemary Klemfuss (m. 15-Sep-1978, div. 1986)

    High School: Trinity School, Manhattan, NY

    Irish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Heroin

    Obscene (9-Sep-2007) · Himself
    The Basketball Diaries (21-Apr-1995) · Frankie Pinewater
    Tuff Turf (11-Jan-1985) · Himself

Author of books:
Organic Trains (1967, poetry)
4 Ups and 1 Down (1970, poetry)
Living at the Movies (1973, poetry)
The Basketball Diaries (1978, journal)
The Book of Nods (1986, poetry)
Forced Entries: The Downtown Diaries, 1971-1973 (1987, journal)
Fear of Dreaming (1993, poetry)
Void of Course: Poems 1994-1997 (1998, poetry)

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