Jim Carroll was an accomplished American poet, spoken word performer. He was best known for his 1978 autobiographical work The Basketball Diaries, which inspired the 1995 film of the same name, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Carroll. In addition to Carroll's distinguished literary output, the records that he made with the Jim Carroll Band are also considered to be fine examples of New York's post-punk rock scene, and their influence is reflected in the work of many artists today. He performed as part of The Kitchen’s 1981 event Aluminum Nights, giving a series of readings that included selections from The Basketball Diaries.
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