Poet, Punk Icon Jim Carroll Dies
September 14, 2009 at 4:37 AM (PT)
JIM CARROLL, the punk-era poet, author, and singer best known for the book "THE BASKETBALL DIARIES" and the college radio staple "People Who Died," passed away FRIDAY (9/11) at his home in NEW YORK. His age is being variously reported as 59 and 60.
A published poet from his teens and championed by figures like PATTI SMITH and KEITH RICHARDS, CARROLL was an influential member of 1970's and early 1980's punk culture; "THE BASKETBALL DIARIES," which chronicled his years as a student at TRINITY, the private school, was made into a film starring LEONARDO DICAPRIO in 1995.
The JIM CARROLL BAND recorded three albums for ATLANTIC, including "Catholic Boy," the 1980 LP that spawned "People Who Died." After a hiatus from music, CARROLL released "Pools of Mercury" on MERCURY RECORDS in 1998 and an EP for KILL ROCK STARS in 2000.