Biografia Jim Carroll
James Dennis "Jim" Carroll (August 1, 1949 – September 11, 2009) was an author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. Carroll was best known for his 1978 autobiographical work The Basketball Diaries, which was made into the 1995 film of the same name, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Carroll.
Carroll was of Irish descent and attended Roman Catholic grammar schools from 1955 to 1963. In fall 1963, he entered public school, but was soon awarded a scholarship to the elite private school Trinity School (New York). He entered Trinity High School in 1964.
Apart from being interested in writing, Carroll was an all-star basketball player throughout his grade school and high school career. He entered the "Biddy League" at age 13 and participated in the National High School All Star Game in 1966. During this time, Carroll was living a double life as a heroin addict who prostituted himself to afford his habit, but was also writing poems and attending poetry workshops at St. Mark's Poetry Project.
He attended Wagner College and Columbia University
Carroll attracted the attention of the local literati and published his first book Organic Trains at age 17. Several of his poems have been published in such magazines as Paris Review and Poetry. In 1970, his second collection of poems, 4 Ups and 1 Down was published, and he started working for Andy Warhol. At first, he was writing film dialogue and inventing character names; later on, Carroll worked as the co-manager of Warhol's Theater. Carroll's first publication by a mainstream publisher (Grossman Publishers), the poetry collection Living At The Movies, was published in 1973.
In 1978, Carroll authored The Basketball Diaries, an autobiographical book concerning his life as a teenager in New York City's hard drug culture. Diaries is an edited collection of the diaries he kept between the ages of twelve and sixteen, detailing his sexual experiences, high school basketball career, and his addiction to heroin, which began when he was 13.
After working as a musician, Carroll returned to writing full time in the mid-1980s and began to appear regularly on the spoken word circuit. Since 1991, Carroll has performed readings from his unfinished first novel, tentatively titled The Petting Zoo
Also in 1978, Carroll formed The Jim Carroll Band, a New Wave/punk rock group, with encouragement from Patti Smith. The band was formerly called Amsterdam, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The musicians were Steve Linsley (bass), Wayne Woods (drums), Brian Linsley and Terrell Winn (guitars). They released a single "People Who Died", from their 1980 debut album, Catholic Boy, the album featured contributions from Allen Lanier and Bobby Keys. The song appeared in the 1982 blockbuster film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, as well as 2004's Dawn of the Dead, and was covered by John Cale on his Antártida soundtrack. The song's title was based on a poem by Ted Berrigan . Later albums were Dry Dreams (1982) and I Write Your Name (1983), both with contributions from Lenny Kaye and Paul Sanchez. Carroll has also collaborated with musicians Lou Reed, Blue Öyster Cult, Boz Scaggs, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, Pearl Jam, ELO and Rancid.
Carroll, 60, died of a heart attack at his Manhattan home on September 11, 2009. On September 13 (the day his death was announced), it was stated that he was at his desk working when he died.
His funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Pompeii Roman Catholic Church on Carmine St. in Greenwi
Jim Carroll in New York, NY (2005)Organic Trains (1967)
4 Ups and 1 Down (1970)
Living at the Movies (1973)
The Book of Nods (1986)
Fear of Dreaming (1993)
Void of Course: Poems 1994-1997 (1998) ISBN 0-14-058909-0
Catholic Boy (1980)
Dry Dreams (1982)
I Write Your Name (1983)
A World Without Gravity: Best of The Jim Carroll Band (1993)
Pools of Mercury (1998)
Runaway EP (2000)