In 1978, after he moved to California to get a fresh start since kicking his heroin addiction, Carroll formed The Jim Carroll Band, a New Wave/punk rock group, with encouragement from Patti Smith, with whom he once shared an apartment in New York City along with Robert Mapplethorpe. The band was formerly called Amsterdam, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The musicians were Steve Linsley (bass), Wayne Woods (drums), Brian Linsley and Terrell Winn (guitars). They released a single “People Who Died”, from their 1980 debut album, Catholic Boy. The album featured contributions from Allen Lanier and Bobby Keys. The song appeared in E.T. directed by Stephen Spielberg from which Carroll received royalties until his death in 2009, (some Royalty checks were as small as $6.00 according to his bank teller) it also appeared in the 1985 Kim Richards vehicle Tuff Turf starring James Spader and Robert Downey Jr. (which also featured a cameo appearance by the band), as well as 2004’s Dawn of the Dead. It was also featured in the 1995 film The Basketball Diaries (based on Jim Carroll’s autobiography), and was covered by John Cale on his Antártida soundtrack. A condensed, 2-minute, version of the song was made into an animated music video by Daniel D. Cooper, an independent filmmaker/animator, in 2010. The song’s title was based on a poem by Ted Berrigan. Later albums were Dry Dreams (1982) and I Write Your Name (1983), both with contributions from Lenny Kaye and Paul Sanchez. Carroll also collaborated with musicians Lou Reed, Blue Öyster Cult, Boz Scaggs, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, Pearl Jam, Electric Light Orchestra and Rancid.
JIM CARROLL RECITING “8 FRAGMENTS FOR KURT COBAIN” ON MTV’S SP
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~IN MEMORY OF JIM CARROLL~ l “I am posting this briefly as a Memorial to the great Poet and Writer Jim Carroll that was a personal friend/acquaintance/inspiration. When I first met Jim Carroll backstage at the New Year’s Poetry Marathon at St. Marks Poetry Project (in 1995?) he looked similar to what he looks like in this video and he was wearing the same beret hat. As we were chatting I mentioned to him that Alex Colletti and MTV Unpugged were porducing spoken word shows. Jim Carroll wasn’t aware of that and I thought he would be perfect for that show and I had Colletti’s telephone number in my pocket so I gave it to him. I’m not sure if Jim Carroll called Alex Colletti or one of his people did or from this awareness of the new show his people approached MTV in another way but shortly after that he was featured on this show. I am sharing all this because this was the last episode of this show that was ever filmed and Kurt Cobain committed suicide just prior to the taping. There were a lot of imititation suicides beginning to happen by young teenagers and I feel that Jim Carroll’s quickly written, timely, sensitive brilliant, passionate, anti-suicide poem helped save many lives. I have talked with many teenagers and people in their twenty’s at that time who were in despair that this poem touched very deeply and helped them get through a tough desparate moment in their lives. They connected with Carroll’s lines about how Cobain could have seen Bellini’s great art ain Italy and other things he still should have done. I don’t have the copyright for this but I don’t see this on the internet anywhere and this is how I remember Jim Carroll the most in this shining moment of compassion, intelligence and illumination. God bless you Jim on your journey home into eternity,” NY Poet Billy Lamont