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Updated 17 October 2009
articles are general interest articles about Jim Carroll. Some of
them include interviews and reviews and, as such, are also included
in the interviews and reviews areas of the site.
Berrigan, "Jim Carroll." Culture Hero,
Ted Berrigan describes first meeting Carroll and praises his first
book, Organic Trains. Also available as a PDF.
Carter. "Linking of 'Basketball Diaries,' Columbine
Shootings Upsets Author." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
Darling, "Catching Up With Jim Carroll." NY Rock,
This article previewing Carroll's performance at the y-NotII
in Milwaukee centers on the Columbine shootings. Includes an interview
in which Carroll talks about the tragedy.
Covering the November 1998 Bottom Line shows in New York City,
this feature article includes an interview with Carroll.
Colin Devenish, "Poet Jim Carroll Waxes Lyrical
On Return To Rock." Music News of the World, 7 December
This feature article centers on Pools of Mercury and
features comments by Carroll, Anton Sanko, and Lenny Kaye.
DiCostanzo & Michael Workman, "Jim Carroll:
Caught in a Trap." Lumpen Times, 8 May 1999.
In this interview following a reading at Chicago's
Hothouse, Carroll talks about the historical relationship
between poetry/spoken-word and music, the nuances of digital
recording, why many of the works in Void of Course are titled
"Poem," and his thoughts on death. The article begins
with a nice review of Carroll's performance.
Gerosa. "Shooting and Scoring." Entertainment
Weekly 5 May 1995: 34-37.
The reporter spent time on the set during the shooting of
the Basketball Diaries film. Includes comments by
the Jim Carroll and the actors. Download
Eller, "Cult Classic `Basketball Diaries' Finally
Makes It to Film: Industry's Top Young Actors Have Coveted
Project for Years." Minneapolis Star Tribune 30
Fissinger, "The Transformation of Jim Carroll."
Musician, Player and Listener, February 1981: 16+.
feature article provides a lot of valuable information about
the background of the Basketball Diaries film and Carroll's
feelings about it prior to its release (after which he had
a change of heart). Includes excellent interview comments
Laura Fissinger's insightful portrait, in addition to relating
the usual biographical details, addresses the issue of rock
martyrdom--specifically, how Carroll was immediately cast as
the new sacrificial lamb in rock mythology.
Also available as a PDF.
Has Llittle Trouble Finding the Right Words."
New Haven Register 18 May 2001.
Drawing upon a lengthy phone interview,
Fried covers a lot of territory in his preview of Carroll's
appearance at the Tune Inn in New Haven.
Grant, "Carroll's Clean Diaries." Toronto
Sun, 19 June 1997.
This feature includes an interview in which Carroll talks
about his in-progress novels and about heroin.
Graustark. "Mean Streets." Newsweek 8 Sep.
Describes Carroll's background in the context of his success
as an up-and-comimng rock star. Download
Hanley, "Approaching the 'Speed of Death':
Jim Carroll and the Voice of a Dark Poetics." Ace
Previewing Carroll's spoken-word performance at the University
of Kentucky, Hanley offers an extremely insightful article
focusing primarily on Carroll's diaries. The "dark poetics"
Hanley speaks of refers to the way Carroll's search for purity
paradoxically leads him towards self-destruction. Hanley writes,
"In trying to break free from a society of hypocrisy
. . . , Carroll--and so many of his generation--embark on
a path that spirals back toward the same destruction they
hope to escape."
Irving, "Visions from a Razor's Edge." UC
Santa Barbara Daily Nexus, 1986.
Irving's brief but intellligent portrait of Carroll introduces
the interview, "Nods of Days Gone
By." Both pieces are definitely worth reading.
Kato, "Innocence Lost; Solidarity Found." Exclusive
to The Jim Carroll Website.
This is a personal narrative describing Kato's encounter with
Carroll backstage before a 1996 performance in San Francisco.
In detailing her need to talk about Brian Marnell's death
with one who knows (see Carroll's
article on Marnell), Kato reveals a side of Jim Carroll
we don't often get to see.
Kee, "Night and Day: Jim Carroll." Metroland,
5 October 2000.
Kee interviewed Carroll for this brief article previewing
an October 2000 performance at the Van Dyck in Schenectedy.
Via a focused interview and tight prose, Kee very nicely encapsulates
the major areas of Carroll's work and legend.
Klick, "Wayne's Weekly Reader." 10 February 1999.
Klick discusses The Basketball Diaries, Void of Course, and Carroll's
performance at the Taos Poetry Circus.
Lethem, "The First Time I Heard Jim Carroll."
Gentlemen's Quarterly, August 2002.
GQ asked nine writers to "remember the first time they
heard the music that changed their lives." Jonathan Lethem,
author of Motherless Brooklyn, remembers the first time
he heard "People Who Died."
Patricia Li, "Basketball Diaries Author Bounces Back."
Harvard Crimson 11 Feb. 2005.
This feature article in advance of an appearance by Carroll
at the Middle East Club in Cambridge, MA, includes a phone interview
in which Carroll offers some details about his novel, The Petting
Zoo. I haven't made a page for this, but it's available as a PDF.
MacAdams, "Jim Carroll: Cool Poet." Entertainment
Weekly 30 June 1995: 50.
Carroll makes Entertainment Weekly's "cool
issue" thanks to the staying power of The Basketball
Diaries . . . and a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Also available as a PDF.
Joseph Menn. "Jim Carroll, Escape Artist." Boston Globe [date?] 1987.
This is a scan of the newspaper article, available as a PDF.
Milward, "Catholic Boy." Penthouse, March 1981:
Even after more than two decades, Milward's feature is the most important article ever written about Jim Carroll. It is based in large part
upon an extended interview, definitely the most detailed interview
Carroll has ever given. Too bad it was published in a periodical
hard to access even in university libraries. Also available as a PDF
Moss, "Surviving Doors Open
to Recording with Weiland, Astbury." MTV News, 5
In this article about a Doors "reunion,"
Manzarek states that he plans to use lyrics written by
O'Connor,"Heaven in a Wild Flower." Eye Weekly
An insightful article that includes an interview with Carroll.
Horrifyingly enough (to me), Carroll talks about me! The complete article is also availble as a
O'Hehir, "A Poet Half-Devoured." San Francisco
Bay Guardian, 1995.
is one of the most insightful articles on Carroll I have ever
read. O'Hehir focuses on The Basketball Diaries, trashes
Kalvert's film, comments on Carroll's poetry, and includes interview
comments from Carroll. A terrific article. This article
is also linked from the Interviews
Peterson, "Jim Carroll: From Poet to Rocker--and
Back." San Diego Union, 1989.
preview article for one of Carroll's appearances at the Spirit
club in San Diego. Includes telephone interview comments by Carroll;
this is the earliest article I have in which he mentions that
he is writing a novel. This article is also linked from the Interviews page.
Carroll Speaks His Mind." Connecticut Post, 22 May
Spillane's article, based on a phone interview, provides a
basic overview of Carroll's career, focusing on Runaway EP,
Pools of Mercury, Void of Course, and Carroll's appearance
at New Haven's Tune Inn. Mostly quotes from Carroll strung together,
but not quite a formal interview.
Stahl, "The Sultan of St. Mark's: Poet Jim Carroll Gives
Readers a Dose of the Divine." The Paper, December
Carroll "is incapable of writing a word that doesn't scorch
the page," Stahl announces in this feature article centering
on Carroll as a poet. Includes a full-page color photo of Carroll.
Also available as a PDF.
Thach , "The Basketball Diarist: Jim Carroll Speaks Out."
Hudson-Current, 8 March 2001: 54-55.
an upcoming show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ, this cover story
is basically a phone interview presented as a feature article.
Carroll talks about Maxwell's, spoken-word and publishing, the
Basketball Diaries movie, and his new, younger audience.
Quotable quote: "When I stopped heroin, I should have stopped
Williams, "Lord Jim." New York April 1995:65-66.
This "portrait" article covers quite a bit of territory. I haven't made a page for the article yet, but it's available as a
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McGlynn, "Apollo on the Hudson." Eye Weekly,
McGlynn, of Canada's Eye Weekly, assesses Carroll's career.
Includes an interview.