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Jim Carroll: A Secondary Bibliography, 1969-1996

Updated 7 June 1997

My original, annotated bibliography appeared in Bulletin of Bibliography 47.2 (1990). I occasionally update the secondary works section (works ABOUT Jim Carroll) via this page, but obviously I'm not very diligent about it.

See also: Jim Carroll: A Primary Bibliography, 1969-1997, which (attempts to) update the section on works BY Jim Carroll.

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See the Research section of this site for full-text versions of many sources listed in this bibliography.



Carter, Cassie. "The Sickness That Takes Years to Perfect: Jim Carroll's Alchemical Vision." Dionysos: Literature and Addiction 6.1 (Winter 1996): 6-19.

Carter, Cassie. "Metamorphosis of a Cockroach: Jim Carroll's 'Tiny Tortures' and the Paradox of Identity." Midwest Popular Culture and American Culture Associations' Twenty-First Annual Conference. Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 1994.

Colacello, Bob. Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up. New York: HarperCollins, 1990.
Mentions Carroll's attendance at Andrea Feldman's suicide leap.

Gallant, David. "Track Marks on the Postmodern Terrain: Popular Culture and Cynicism in the Works of Jim Carroll." Northeast Popular Culture Association Conference, Providence, RI, Oct. 1993.

Gallant, David. Chapter in progress. Diss. U of Rhode Island, 1996.
Gooch, Brad. City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara. New York: Knopf, 1993.
Carroll is mentioned briefly as one of a group of O'Hara groupies who would trail the poet around the neighborhood, hoping to catch a glimpse or some wisdom.

Grossberg, Lawrence. We Gotta Get Out of This Place: Popular Conservatism and Postmodern Culture. New York: Routledge, 1992.
References Basketball Diaries in disussion of the first generation growing up with the constant fear of nuclear annihilation.

Kuennen, Cassie Carter. "Jim Carroll: An Annotated, Selective, Primary and Secondary Bibliography, 1967-1988." Bulletin of Bibliography 47.2 (June 1990): 81-112.

Kuennen, Cassie Carter. "Jim Carroll's Basketball Diaries and Forced Entries: Shit Into Gold." Master's thesis. San Diego State U, 1990.

McNeil, Legs, and Gillian McCain. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. New York: Grove, 1996.
As the subtitle indicates, Please Kill Me is an oral history of punk. It is made up of interview comments by various people associated with the punk movement from the late 1960s through 1992. Carroll comments on, among other things, his days "hustling" on 53rd and 3rd, Patti Smith, and Iggy Pop. Also, Patti Smith and others discuss Carroll.

Morrisroe, Patricia. Mapplethorpe: A Biography. New York: Random, 1995.
Carroll is interviewed and discussed regarding his relationship with Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Noble, Peter L. Future Pop: Music for the Eighties. Toronto: Musson, 1983.
Includes a photograph and brief comment by Carroll about John Belushi.

Perrin, Steve. "Chasing the Dragon: The Junky as 20th Century Hero." Diss. U of Manchester, 1993.
Perrin's chapter, "The Trickster," discusses Carroll, Danny Sugerman, and Sid Vicious.


Carroll, Jim. "An Interview with Jim Carroll." Interview with Frank Andrick. Beat Scene 15 (1991): 10-13.

---. "Jim Carroll: Past & Present Poetry." Interview with Douglas A. Martin. Flagpole 10 Apr. 1996: 21.

---. "Jim Carroll: Poet with a Past." Interview with Douglas A. Martin. Flagpole 17 Apr. 1996: 20.

---. "The Street Side of the Game." Interview. Interview Apr. 1995: 98-99.

---."Jim Carroll: Verbal Entries." Interview with Thomas Gladysz. The Street 3 (July/Aug. 1987): 67. Selections Rpt. in Xray, ed. Johnny Brewton, San Francisco: np, nd; and forthcoming in The Booksmith Reader []. ---. Interview with Dominic Griffin. Film Threat Aug. 1995: 75.

Margolis, Susan. "100 American Seducers on Their Craft and Sullen Art." Rolling Stone 16 Aug. 1973: 42-49.

Milward, John. "Catholic Boy." Penthouse Mar. 1981: 140+.

Rivers, Clarice. "The Catholic Boy Confesses: Jim Carroll." Interview Jan. 1980: 54-55.

Sutherland, S. "Rapping With a Catholic Boy." Melody Maker 18 July 1981: 19.


Berrigan, Ted. "Jim Carroll." Culture Hero 1.5 (1969): 9-10.

Borden, Jeff. "Jim Carroll: Pain Paved Way to Better Life for Rocker." Columbus (OH) Evening Dispatch 11 Feb. 1981. Newsbank, Performing Arts Index, 1980-81. Fiche 101, grid F4.

Browne, Christopher. "Cruiser." Comic Strip. Playboy Sept. 1981: 170.

Cain, Scott. "Rock Star Poet Comes to Atlanta." Atlanta Journal 13 Mar. 1981. Newsbank, Performing Arts Index, 1980-81. Fiche 123, grid E10.

Caruso, Joyce. "Rock, Poetry, and 'Kid Energy': Jim Carroll." Elle Mar. 1988: 98-100.

Clark, John. "Rim Shots." Los Angeles Times 26 Feb. 1995: BR 10.

Damsker, Matt. "Carroll: From Poet to Rock 'n' Roller." (Philadelphia, PA) Evening Bulletin 17 Dec. 1980. Newsbank, Performing Arts Index, 1980-81. Fiche 101, grid F5.

Eller, Claudia. "The 'Diaries' of a Miracle." Los Angeles Times 25 Jan. 1995: F1.

MacAdams, Lewis. "Jim Carroll: Cool Poet." Entertainment Weekly Summer 1995: 50-51.

Fissinger, Laura. "The Transformation of Jim Carroll." Musician, Player and Listener Feb. 1981: 16+.

Flippo, Chet. "A Star Is Borning." New York 26 Jan. 1981: 32-35.

Graustark, Barbara. "Mean Streets." Newsweek 8 Sep. 1980: 80-81.

Hanley, Shannon J. "Approaching the 'Speed of Death': Jim Carroll and the Voice of a Dark Poetics." ACE Magazine Jan. 1996: 19.

Hirshberg, Lynn. "Jim Carroll: The Vision Explodes." BAM 15 Aug. 1980: 24-27.

Infusino, Divina. "A Catholic Boy." Milwaukee (Wisc.) Journal 18 Feb. 1981. Newsbank, Performing Arts Index, 1980-81, fiche 101, grid F6-7.

"Jim Carroll." Contemporary Authors: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Authors and Their Works Vol. 45-48. Detroit: Gale, 1974. 89.

"Jim Carroll." Contemporary Literary Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Today's Novelists, Poets, Playwrights, and Other Creative Writers. Ed. Carolyn Riley. Vol. 35. Detroit: Gale, 1985. 77-81.

"Jim Carroll." Current Biography 56.10 (1995): 6-10.

"Jim Carroll: Catholic Boy." Billboard 20 Dec. 1980: 44.

Kenton, Gary. "Carroll's Got an Interesting Story." New Haven (Conn.) Register 27 Feb. 1981. Newsbank, Performing Arts Index, 1980-81, fiche 101, grid F8.

Marin, Rick. "Sex, Drugs, Pick and Roll." Los Angeles Times 24 Jul. 1994: CAL 25.

"MTV, in Free Verse: "Word" Pushes at Poetry's Borders" USA Today (author, date, page unknown).

Norton, Mark J. "Jim Carroll's Rock 'n' Roll Heart-On." Creem Mar. 1981: 32+.

O'Connor, Chris. "Heaven in a Wild Flower." Eye Weekly 19 Mar. 1992: 10-11.

O'Hehir, Andrew. "A Poet Half-Devoured." San Francisco Bay Guardian 12 Apr. 1995: 44-45.

Peterson, Karla. "Jim Carroll: From Poet to Rocker--and Back." San Diego Union 7 July 1989: E5.

Smith, Andy. "Carroll Is Trying to Put Basketball Diaries Behind Him." Providence (RI) Journal-Bulletin 23 June 1995: E5.

Snider, Burr. "Poetry to an Ex-Door's Jam." San Francisco Examiner 25 Nov. 1988. Newsbank, Performing Arts Index, 1989. Fiche 11, grid F13.

Trenz, Brandon. "Carroll, Jim." Contemporary Authors: New Revision Series. Vol. 42. Detroit: Gale, 1981-. 72-74.

Williams, Alex. "Lord Jim." New York 24 Apr. 1995: 64-66.


Living at the Movies (1973)

Cooney, Seamus. Library Journal 98 (1973): 3270.

Malanga, Gerard. "Traveling & Living." Poetry 125.3 (1974): 162-65.

The Basketball Diaries (1978, 1980, 1987, 1995)

James, Jamie. American Book Review 2.3 (1980): 9.

Norton, Mark J. "The Wide World of Drugs." Creem Apr. 1980: 46-47.

Platenga, Bart. "Jim Carroll's Basketball Diaries: Street Cool Huck Finn Dope Diary." Overthrow 14.2 (1980): 19.

The Book of Nods (1986)

Fox, H. Choice 24.2 (1986): 302.

Guillory, Daniel L. Library Journal 15 Apr. 1985: 84.

Low, Denise. "A Poet Laureate for All Occasions." Kansas City (MO) Star 8 June 1986. Newsbank, Literature Index, 1986. Fiche 2, grid F1.

Mutter, John. Publishers Weekly 4 Apr. 1985: 57-58.

Forced Entries (1987)

Hochswender, William. "The Way They Were in Greenwich Village." Los Angeles Times Book Review 18 Oct. 1987: 10.

Jefferson, Margo. "Bringing It All Back Home: 'Sixties' Voices in the 'Eighties." Vogue July 1987: 110.

Jim Koback's Kirkus Reviews 55.9 (1987): 767.

Mutter, John. Publishers Weekly 5 June 1987: 73.

Stevens, Mark. "The Cockroach Chronicles." New York Times Book Review 2 Aug. 1987, sec. 7: 8.

Combined Reviews: The Basketball Diaries and Forced Entries

Delacorte, Peter. "A Follow-Through Beyond the Hoop." San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle 12 July 1987. Newsbank, Literature Index, 1978. Fiche 15, grid E3-4.

Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher. "Books of the Times." New York Times 9 July 1987: C23.

Perry, Tony. "2 Sets of 'Diaries' Show Off New York City's Seediness." (Harrisburg, PA) Patriot 26 July 1987. Newsbank, Literature Index, 1987. Fiche 15, grid E5-6.

Fear Of Dreaming

Allen, Frank. Library Journal 15 Oct. 1993: 68.

Fortune, Merry. The Poetry Project Newsletter Feb./Mar. 1994: 17.

Segedin, Benjamin. Booklist 15 Oct. 1993: 412.


Catholic Boy

Farber, J. "Jim Carroll's Second Coming." Village Voice 17 Dec. 1980: 96+.

Green, William. "Latest 'Urban Poet" Singer Fails with 'Catholic Boy"." (Little Rock) Arkansas Gazette 17 May 1981. Newsbank, Performing Arts Index, 1981-82, fiche 34, grid B5.

Humphries, Patrick. Melody Maker 27 June 1981: 26.

Rev. of Catholic Boy. Playboy May 1981: 39.

Riegel, Richard. "Subterranean Urbanesque Blues." Creem Feb. 1981: 44.

Simels, Steven. "Jim Carroll." Stereo Review Magazine Feb. 1981: 90.

Tucker, Ken. "Jim Carroll's a Legend Before His Time." Los Angeles (Calif.) Herald Examiner 24 Oct. 1980. Newsbank, Literature Index, 1980-81, fiche 22, grid A8-9.

Tucker, Ken. Rev. of Catholic Boy. Rolling Stone 5 Feb. 1981: 54.

Dry Dreams

Goldberg, Michael. Rolling Stone 8 July 1982: 50.

"Ken." Variety 12 May 1982: 464.

McLeese, Don. "'Dry Dreams' Pulls Punches." Chicago (Ill.) Sun-Times 13 June 1982. Newsbank, Performing Arts Index, 1982-1983, fiche 4, grid B12.

Sweeting, Adam. Melody Maker 22 May 1982: 29.

Tearson, Michael. Audio 66.8 (1982): 23.

I Write Your Name

Connelly, Christopher. Rolling Stone 29 March 1984: 74, 76.

Levin, Eric. People Weekly 21 May 1984: 34+.

Pollock, Bruce. "On Record: Popular Music." Wilson Library Bulletin 58 (1984): 746-47.

Sugarman, Danny. Creem June 1984:55.

Praying Mantis

Schoemer, Karen. "Jim Carroll: 'Praying Mantis.'" New York Times 29 Mar. 1992: 34.

The Basketball Diaries

Rev. of The Basketball Diaries. Publishers Weekly 5 Dec. 1994: 34.

Other Album Reviews

"Island Film, Album Revive Carroll's 'Diaries.'" Rev. of The Basketball Diaries Soundtrack. Billboard 1 April 1995: 10, 87.

Jackson, Devon. Rev. of The Basketball Diaries Sountrack. Entertainment Weekly 24 Mar. 1995: 64.

McDonnell, Evelyn. "Berkeley Calling." Rev. of . . . And Out Come the Wolves by Rancid. Village Voice 24 Oct. 1995: 53.

Pond, Steve. "Slack Trax from Hit Flicks." Rev. of Tuff Turf (soundtrack album) Rolling Stone 9 May 1985: 74.

Robecheau, Paul. Rev. of The Basketball Diaries Soundtrack. Boston Globe 20 Apr. 1995: CAL 17.

Tiven, Jon and Sally. Rev. of Better an Old Demon than a New God. Audio April 1985: 117+.


"'The Basketball Diaries' Not Entirely Unsettling." All Things Considered, NPR 21 Apr. 1995.

Bernstein, Jonathan. Rev. of The Basketball Diaries. Spin Apr. 1995: 202.

Brown, Georgia. "The Anomic Cafe." Rev. of Crumb and The Basketball Diaries. Village Voice 25 Apr. 1995: 52.

Carr, Jay. "Basketball Diaries Misses More Often Than It Hits." Boston Globe 21 Apr. 1995: 45.

Galvin, Peter. "Diary of a Thoughtful Junkie." San Francisco Chronicle 16 Apr. 1995: DAT 29.Hirshey,

Gerri. Gerosa, Melina. "Shooting and Scoring." Entertainment Weekly 5 May 1995: 34-37.

Gliatto, Tom. "Screen." Rev. of The Basketball Diaries. People 1 May 1995: 17.

Goluboff, Bryan [BD screenwriter]. Interview with Paula S. Bernstein. Filmmaker 13.3 (Spring 1995): 45.

Griffin, Dominic. "Heroin and Basketball on the Mean Streets of New York." Film Threat June 1995: 46- 50.

Hirshey, Gerri. "The Actor Formerly Known as Marky Mark." US Apr. 1995: 78-81+.

"Island Film, Album Revive Carroll's 'Diaries.'" Billboard 1 April 1995: 10, 87.

Janusonis, Michael. "Pain Is Not Redemption." Providence (RI) Journal-Bulletin 21 Apr. 1995: D3.

Kenny, Glen. "Felonious Hunks." Rev. of Basketball Diaries and Don Juan DeMarco [on video]. Entertainment Weekly 22 Sep. 1995: 86-87.

Lane, Anthony. Rev. of The Basketball Diaries. New Yorker 8 May 1995: 24.

Madio, James. Interview with Ilka Scobie. Cover May 1995: 12-13.

Masslin, Janet. "Looking for Poetry in All the Wrong Places." New York Times 21 Apr. 1995: C12.

Rev. of The Basketball Diaries. Playboy Mar. 1995: 24.

Rev. of The Basketball Diaries. Premiere Mar. 1995: 26.

Rizzo, Frank. "Leonardo DiCaprio Defies Typecasting, and Gets His Pick." The Hartford Courant 25 Apr. 1995: SL11.

Susman, Gary. "Looped Dreams." Providence (RI) Phoenix 21 Apr. 1995, sec. 2: 3.

Thompson, Ben. Rev. of The Basketball Diaries. Sight and Sound Dec. 1995: 41.

Travers, Peter. "He Shoots, He Scores." Rolling Stone 23 Mar. 1995: 127-28.


Anthony, Michael. "Jim Carroll Brings Poetry to Rock." Review of Jim Carroll Band at Sam's, Minneapolis. Minneapolis Tribune 6 Dec. 1980. Newsbank, Performing Arts Index, 1980-81. Fiche 72, grid F11.

Atkinson, Terry. "Impersonations by Carroll Band." Rev. Of Jim Carroll Band at the Country Club, Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times 14 June 1982. Newsbank, Performing Arts Index, 1982-1983. Fiche 4, grid B11.

Concert Review: Jim Carroll with Marianne Faithfull. Variety 28 Mar. 1990: 100.

Darling, Cary. "The Jim Carroll Band [and] Kid Courage." Rev. of Jim Carroll Band at the Whiskey, Los Angeles. Billboard 31 Jan 1981: 38.

Feber, Eric. "Rock 'n' Roll's Raging Bull." Rev. of Jim Carroll Band at the Peppermint Beach Club, Norfolk. (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot 13 March 1981. Newsbank, Performing Arts Index, 1980-81, fiche 123, grid E11.

Gold, Richard. "Jim Carroll." Rev. of Jim Carroll Band at The Ritz, New York. Variety 9 June 1982: 56.

Goldstein, Toby. "Walk It & Talk It." Rev. of Jim Carroll with Lou Reed at St. Mark's Church, Manhattan. Creem July 1984:48.

Laurence, Robert P. "Patti Smith Show Hurt by Chaos." San Diego Union 16 May 1978: D 1. [Carroll's first performance as a rock star.]

Mayer, Ira. "Carroll's Rock is On the Rise." Rev. of Jim Carroll Band at The Bottom Line, New York. New York Post 23 Dec. 1980. Newsbank, Performing Arts Index, 1980-81, fiche 72, grid F12.

McDonough, Jack. "Jim Carroll Band." Rev. of Jim Carroll Band at Old Waldorf, San Francisco. Billboard, 14 June 1980: 50.

Morse, Steve. "Beat Goes on at Kerouac Fest." Boston Globe 24 Mar. 1994: 70.

Perine, Jim. "Carroll's Music Complex, Uncommercial." Rev. of Jim Carroll Band at the Agora Ballroom, Columbus. Columbus Evening Dispatch 12 Feb. 1981. Newsbank, Performing Arts Index, 1980-81. Fiche 101, grid F9.


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