Jim Carroll 1950-2009

September 15, 2009 at 2:02 am (Uncategorized)

Jim Carroll, poet, author, singer-songwriter, died September 11 2009 of a heart attack at his Manhattan apartment.

I was in a book shop in Hamilton, maybe 1982 when I bought a copy of  The Basketball Diaries. An amazing book. I was living in St. Catharines, Ontario at the time. St. Catharines is a small industrial city with a great future behind it. The Basketball Diaries tels of another land. One filled with drugs, music, sex, violence and a coolness that was out of reach. Not necessarily a place you would want to live, but certainly exotic enough to catch the interest. A Catcher in the Rye for a much more fucked up generation.

A year or two later, I got a ticket to see Jim Carroll and Lou Reed give a reading in Toronto. unfortunately, my ride to the show fell apart, and I didn’t get to see it. I still have the ticket.

Forced Entries, a sort of sequel to The Basketball  Diariesis also worth a look. I didn’t care much for Carroll’s musical career (although like everyone else “People Who Died” provides a certain thrill), but those books are certainly worth having.

Apparently, Carroll was working on a novel when he died. It’s a great shame that it was never finished. Carroll was only 59.

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1 Comment

  1. Jim Carroll’s Last work – New York Times report « Notes from Underground said,

    […] fischerzed Leave a Comment Categories: Uncategorized A few weeks back, I wrote about the passing of Jim Carroll and mentioned he was working on a novel. Today’s New York Times has an article on Carroll […]

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