Jim Carroll

Musician and Writer
Born Aug 1, 1950

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, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Carroll.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jim Carroll.


1949 Birth Born on August 1, 1949.


1963 13 Years Old In fall 1963, he entered public school, but was soon awarded a scholarship to the elite Trinity School.
1964 14 Years Old He attended Trinity from 1964–1968. … Read More
1967 17 Years Old While still in high school, Carroll published his first collection of poems, Organic Trains. Already attracting the attention of the local literati, his work began appearing in the Poetry Project's magazine The World in 1967.
1968 18 Years Old Soon his work was being published in elite literary magazines like Paris Review in 1968, and Poetry the following year.


1970 20 Years Old In 1970, his second collection of poems, 4 Ups and 1 Down was published, and he started working for Andy Warhol. … Read More
1973 23 Years Old Carroll's first publication by a mainstream publisher (Grossman Publishers), the poetry collection Living at the Movies, was published in 1973.
1978 28 Years Old In 1978, Carroll published The Basketball Diaries, an autobiographical book concerning his life as a teenager in New York City's hard drug culture. … Read More


1987 37 Years Old In 1987, Carroll wrote a second memoir, Forced Entries: The Downtown Diaries 1971–1973, continuing his autobiography into his early adulthood in the New York City music and art scene as well as his struggle to kick his drug habit. … Read More


1991 41 Years Old Starting in 1991, Carroll performed readings from his then-in-progress first novel, The Petting Zoo.
1995 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1995, Canadian filmmaker John L'Ecuyer adapted "Curtis's Charm", a short story from Carroll's 1993 book Fear of Dreaming, into the film Curtis's Charm. … Read More


2009 60 Years Old Carroll, 60, died of a heart attack at his Manhattan home on September 11, 2009. … Read More
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