Jim Carroll’s bestselling memoir The Basketball Diaries was first released in 1978 and adapted as a film in 1995. Carroll’s work includes several collections of poetry as well as a asecond memoir, Forces Entries: The Downtown Diaries 1971-1973. As the leader of The Jim Carroll Band he released three albums as well as several spoken word recordings.
Jim Carroll was born to be a writer. This diary is written with such wonderful detail and description, that you actually feel that you are him, this 14 to 17 year old boy, roaming the dangerous and corrupt streets of New York. I literally could not put it down. A*. Thank you Jim, Rest In Peace.
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Jim Carroll was a prodigy diarist and "The Basketball Diaries" is a personal journal of his addiction. The power of the words comes not from his creativity but from his fearless account of the truth. He relates the depths of his personal depravity. He confesses to his crimes and sexual servitude.
The Basketball Diaries is a 1995 American biographical crime drama film directed by Scott Kalvert and based on an autobiographical novel by the same name written by Jim Carroll. It tells the story of Carroll's teenage years as a promising high school basketball player and writer who develops an addiction to heroin . 
The Basketball Diaries James Dennis Carroll (August 1, 1949 – September 11, 2009)  was an American author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. Carroll was best known for his 1978 autobiographical work The Basketball Diaries , which inspired a 1995 film of the same title that starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Carroll, and his 1980 song "People Who Died" with the Jim Carroll Band.
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The Basketball Diaries: Directed by Scott Kalvert. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, Marilyn Sokol, James Madio. A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction.
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The cool thing about the interview is that Jim segued into talking about The Basketball Diaries movie and his books all on his own. He really opened up once we got talking. After the interview, Jim and I walked around for awhile, he asked me a lot about myself. Then I walked him home to his apartment in Chelsea.