Jim Carroll Biographies
Updated 13 February 2013
I use biographies as a plural on purpose, as metamorphosis via writing is one of the key themes of Jim Carroll's work. With biographies, as opposed to autobiographies, the metamorphosis is in the hands of others. These are just a few of the biographical essays I've managed to add to the site so far. Check out the Bibliographies page for more.
by Cassie Carter (updated 2009)
In August 1998, Jim Carroll asked me to write the biographical
sketch that Mercury would use to promote Pools of Mercury.
This link takes you to the original, uncut version of the bio
I prepared. As I was coding it I thought, hey, wouldn't it be
neat to provide hyperlinks to guide readers through the tangled
web I've woven here on the Jim Carroll Website? So I added as
many hyperlinks as I could think of in one sitting. Most of the
links are to material on this site. The links include topic pages,
images, audio clips, etc. Since this
bio was written to promote an album, it leans more toward Carroll's
music career. I hope to continue developing it so that it will
be more comprehensive. But it's more than you will find anywhere
else on the web, and if it's any indication, Jim teased me for
making it so long. Someone at Mercury pared it down considerably
. . . You can also download
this as a PDF.
from All Music Guide (2000)
All Music Guide's bio of Carroll is brief but very thorough, emphasizing
his music but with excellent attention to the big picture. I have
edited this article to correct some minor errors. You can also
download this as a PDF.
This is a capsule overview of Carroll's career, geared towards
promoting his spoken-word performances.
Authors Online (2000)
provides a detailed biographical overview ("sidelights")
plus personal details and bibliography. Not always reliable for
Complete Marquis Who's Who (1999)
very brief list of biographical and career facts.
Records Biography (1998)
This is what the biography I wrote became after Mercury pared
it down. This short version definitely has its advantages. . .
. If you prefer, you can read it on the Mercury
Records Website. That is, if the webmaster has fixed the HTML
errors that make half of it invisible, and if you can find "Jim
Carrol" (spelled wrong) in the index of artists.
of Famous People,6th ed. (1998)
This is a list of basic
biographical information and research sources.
from SonicNet (1995)
This biography focuses on Carroll's music career and gives lots
of useful info.
John Milward, "Catholic
Boy." Penthouse (1981)
Although this piece is an extended feature article rather than
an ordinary biographical statement, it is the most detailed and
authoritative biographical sources on Carroll available anywhere.
It is based in large part upon an extended interview. Too bad
it was published in a periodical hard to access even in university
This sketch is sort of a "handy quick reference" to Carroll's
life and work, arranged by subject and chronologically. It needs
updating . . . see Career Overview
Listing major events year-by-year, the chronology is an even more
condensed overview of Carroll's life and work. It also needs updating.