Monday, September 14, 2009

Jim Carroll, poet and punk rocker, dead at 60

Jim Carroll, the poet and punk rocker who wrote "The Basketball Diaries," died Friday. He was 60.In the 1970s, Carroll was a fixture of the burgeoning downtown New York art scene, where he mixed with artists such as Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, Larry Rivers and Robert Mapplethorpe. His life was shaped by drug use, which he wrote about extensively. If you haven't seen or read "The Basketball Diaries," you need to. Great book, great movie.

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