Forced Entries: The Downtown Diaries, 1971 - 1973 Second Edition By: Jim Carroll Published: 1998 Publisher: Penguin Format: Paperback Cover photo: Gerard Malanga Cover design: Edward ODowd
Forced Entries picks up Carroll's story on his twentieth birthday, just as he is entering New York's hip art scene. He rubs elbows with dozens of famous poets and artists, is Patti Smith's beau for a time, works for Andy Warhol and Larry Rivers, and hangs out at Max's Kansas City, where the Velvet Underground is performing. But all the while, he is leading a double life: still addicted to heroin, Carroll attempts to overcome his past and establish himself as an artist within this society of artists. Yet this quest for authentication combined with his need for drugs eventually threatens to destroy him. While he is frantically trying to keep up with the "scene," his addiction overtakes him and his writing, and he finds that he has become a stranger to himself. Because of this, Carroll flees to California to successfully conquer his addiction and learn to see again.
The cover photo of the second edition shows Carroll seated in a window at Andy Warhol's Factory in Union Square.