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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Paperback, 242 pages
Published 1987 by Faber & Faber
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Tom
Aug 07, 2007 Tom rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of new york junkie tales
I loved the Jim Carroll Band album - Catholic Boy - and especially 'People Who Died', a rollcall of fallen junkies, hoodlums, and thrillseekers. Reading this book, I realised that these were all his friends - all people who died.

He's still around : [http://www.catholicboy.com/]

i re-read it recently, sparked by the street stories of the Ramones (and especially Dee Dee).

The Basketball Diaries details his adventures from 1963, aged 13, playing basketball and getting into scrapes and getting into
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Paul Harris
Don't be put off by the dodgy Di Caprio vehicle from a few years back...This book has to be one of the finest debut novels around from the last 50 years or so. Heavily autobiographical, The Basketball Diaries is written with verve and authenticity. It's a rough story of growing up in early 70s New York City, told beautifully.
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James Dennis "Jim" Carroll was an author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. Carroll was best known for his 1978 autobiographical work The Basketball Diaries, which was made into the 1995 film of the same name with Leonardo DiCaprio as Carroll.
More about Jim Carroll...
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