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. He died in New York City on September 11, 2009.
"Filled with a kind of vitality. . . a remarkable account of New
York City's lower depths."
-New York Times
His terse wit, with its archly contrived naivete, transforms
The Basketball Diaries, a tale of teenage rebellion, into a
"A generational hit." -Esquire