New York City's James
Dennis "Jim" Carroll was an eclectic guy. He was a
writer, a poet, and even had his own punk rock band.
He grew up not only doing well in school, but also on
the basketball court. He even wrote the book
The Basketball Diaries, which was put on the silver
screen in 1995 (starring Leonardo DiCaprio). This
was not his only literary contribution, as much of his
poetry was published in the late 1960's and early
1970's. Carroll even worked for Andy Warhol at one
late 1970's, Carroll moved to California to try and get
a fresh start (he was trying to kick a heroin
addiction). After getting some encouragement from
musician Patti Smith, Carroll formed the new wave punk
rock group that would eventually be called The Jim
Carroll Band (it started out as a band called
Amsterdam). Their first studio album,
Catholic Boy, was released in 1980. Some
of you may remember the song "People Who Died" from this
release, a song that was also featured on the E.T.
the Extra-Terrestrial movie soundtrack.
The Jim Carroll Band
did release two more studio albums in the 80's, in
addition to a couple in the 1990's and an EP in 2000.
Jim Carroll died in 2009 of a heart attack. The
Jim Carroll Band Discography is as follows:1980: Catholic Boy
1982: Dry Dreams
1983: I Write Your Name
1993: A World Without Gravity: Best of The Jim Carroll Band
1998: Pools of Mercury
2000: Runaway EP