Jim Carroll’s bestselling memoir The Basketball Diaries was first released in 1978 and adapted as a film in 1995. Carroll’s work includes several collections of poetry as well as a asecond memoir, Forces Entries: The Downtown Diaries 1971-1973. As the leader of The Jim Carroll Band he released three albums as well as several spoken word recordings.
18 year old son became interested in NYC in the 70's and 80's. Jim Carroll was New York, for the good and the bad, and this book is an overlooked master-class in true. the kid got it, loved it and lived up to his promise -- he read it before watching the movie. great generational share and worth the time to read and gift.
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James Dennis "Jim" Carroll 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 with Leonardo DiCaprio as Carroll.
The Basketball Diaries James Dennis Carroll (August 1, 1949 – September 11, 2009)  was an American author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. Carroll was best known for his 1978 autobiographical work The Basketball Diaries , which inspired a 1995 film of the same title that starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Carroll, and his 1980 song "People Who Died" with the Jim Carroll Band.
In this rare, unpublished interview from 2001, Jim Carroll talks about The Basketball Diaries, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Harmony Korine, Sherman Alexie and more…. Looking back on it, it seems crazy that this interview has gone so long unpublished. It has a bit of a back story.
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Edit. Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind.