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March 18, 1993 | JOHN PENNER
Except maybe for Joy Division, the New Wave didn't get much darker than Jim Carroll. A heroin addict from the time he was 13, he used his anxiety and paranoia to fuel a riveting, incisive and horrific batch of prose and poetry before adding swagger and electric guitars to come with this, his first experiment with rock.
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March 7, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Scott Kalvert, a director who made music videos for performers such as Will Smith and Cyndi Lauper and directed a teenage Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1995 film "The Basketball Diaries," died Wednesday at his Woodland Hills Home. He was 49. His death is being investigated as a suicide, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. No other details were given. Kalvert began directing music videos in the late 1980s, scoring a massive hit with his first major assignment, "Parents Just Don't Understand," based on the Grammy-winning song by hip-hop artists DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Will Smith.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 1995 | CLAUDIA ELLER, TIMES MOVIE EDITOR
At the last minute, underground poet/novelist/musician Jim Carroll canceled plans to attend the Sundance Film Festival premiere of the movie version of his 1978 cult classic, "The Basketball Diaries." The self-described recluse opted to stay home in New York to meet with a priest--all in the name of research for a new novel Carroll is writing. "I've been corresponding with this priest from the Vatican who grew up in New York City . . .
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2009 | Lewis MacAdams
Jim Carroll, who died Friday of a heart attack at 60 in Manhattan, was a legend by the time he was 13. That's when the poet Ted Berrigan took him to visit Jack Kerouac, who took a look at some of Jim's writing and said, "Jim Carroll writes better prose than 89% of the novelists working today." But I was drawn at least as much by his basketball legend: a kid who grew up on the Lower East Side -- Jim said his dad had tended bar for bootlegger Dutch Schultz -- who moved with his family to Inwood at the northern tip of Manhattan when the neighborhood was still Irish, got a scholarship to the elite Trinity School, went on to become the only white kid to make all-city, then turned down myriad college scholarships to return to the Lower East Side to shoot junk and pursue the cruel gods of poetry.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 1994 | RICK MARIN
Matt Dillon wanted this movie. Anthony Michael Hall, Eric Stoltz, Ethan Hawke, Stephen Dorff--and River Phoenix, who may have wanted it too much. It's perfect for any ambitious, talented young star who can play conflicted, charming and doomed. The movie is "The Basketball Diaries" and the star is Leonardo DiCaprio. It's based on Jim Carroll's 1978 book of the same name--a memoir of the 43-year-old poet and subculture hero's days as a New York teen-age hoop prodigy and heroin addict.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2009 | Lewis MacAdams
Jim Carroll, who died Friday of a heart attack at 60 in Manhattan, was a legend by the time he was 13. That's when the poet Ted Berrigan took him to visit Jack Kerouac, who took a look at some of Jim's writing and said, "Jim Carroll writes better prose than 89% of the novelists working today." But I was drawn at least as much by his basketball legend: a kid who grew up on the Lower East Side -- Jim said his dad had tended bar for bootlegger Dutch Schultz -- who moved with his family to Inwood at the northern tip of Manhattan when the neighborhood was still Irish, got a scholarship to the elite Trinity School, went on to become the only white kid to make all-city, then turned down myriad college scholarships to return to the Lower East Side to shoot junk and pursue the cruel gods of poetry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Jim Carroll, a poet and punk rocker whose wry tales of rocky adolescence as an athlete-turned-junkie in the 1978 memoir "The Basketball Diaries" resonated deeply with a generation of disaffected youths, died Friday at his home in New York City. He was 60. The cause was a heart attack, said Rosemary Carroll, his former wife. A cult figure who discovered his gifts and his vices at an early age, Carroll began attracting serious attention as a writer when he was barely into his teens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1999
Sen. Phil Gramm suggests that the problem with President Clinton's proposal for Medicare prescription drug coverage is that it covers all Medicare retirees, not just those who need it (letter, July 6). I suspect an agenda here, as I am sure Gramm realizes that the popularity of Medicare and Social Security resides in their universality. Limit them to those who "need" and they become just another welfare program, subject to the attacks of conservatives like Gramm. JIM CARROLL Burbank It is good that President Clinton wants the government to share the cost of prescription drugs for Medicare recipients.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Scott Kalvert, a director who made music videos for performers such as Will Smith and Cyndi Lauper and directed a teenage Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1995 film "The Basketball Diaries," died Wednesday at his Woodland Hills Home. He was 49. His death is being investigated as a suicide, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. No other details were given. Kalvert began directing music videos in the late 1980s, scoring a massive hit with his first major assignment, "Parents Just Don't Understand," based on the Grammy-winning song by hip-hop artists DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Will Smith.
SPORTS
December 14, 2000 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pete Carroll flew to Los Angeles on Wednesday night for a second interview with USC officials and, if negotiations go well, is expected to become the next Trojan football coach. Neither Carroll nor USC athletic department officials could be reached for comment. Carroll had been scheduled to spend today in Richmond, Va., watching his daughter and the rest of the USC women's volleyball team play in a Final Four match against Wisconsin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Jim Carroll, a poet and punk rocker whose wry tales of rocky adolescence as an athlete-turned-junkie in the 1978 memoir "The Basketball Diaries" resonated deeply with a generation of disaffected youths, died Friday at his home in New York City. He was 60. The cause was a heart attack, said Rosemary Carroll, his former wife. A cult figure who discovered his gifts and his vices at an early age, Carroll began attracting serious attention as a writer when he was barely into his teens.
SPORTS
December 31, 2003 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Pete Carroll jumps into the scrum at USC football practice, sometimes diving over a goal-line pile as if he were a 22-year-old tailback leaping for the end zone. Carroll, age 5, jumped over a tower of pillows in a living room, diving for the imaginary end zone if only he could evade the hulking form of his 10-year-old brother. It is September, his USC football team is playing at Cal, and Carroll has left 25 tickets for the guys -- for Skip Corsini and Jim Peters, for Henry Diaz and Ken Roby -- for his football pals, his basketball buddies, his baseball compatriots, for the gang from Redwood High in Larkspur, Calif.
SPORTS
December 14, 2000 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pete Carroll flew to Los Angeles on Wednesday night for a second interview with USC officials and, if negotiations go well, is expected to become the next Trojan football coach. Neither Carroll nor USC athletic department officials could be reached for comment. Carroll had been scheduled to spend today in Richmond, Va., watching his daughter and the rest of the USC women's volleyball team play in a Final Four match against Wisconsin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1999
Sen. Phil Gramm suggests that the problem with President Clinton's proposal for Medicare prescription drug coverage is that it covers all Medicare retirees, not just those who need it (letter, July 6). I suspect an agenda here, as I am sure Gramm realizes that the popularity of Medicare and Social Security resides in their universality. Limit them to those who "need" and they become just another welfare program, subject to the attacks of conservatives like Gramm. JIM CARROLL Burbank It is good that President Clinton wants the government to share the cost of prescription drugs for Medicare recipients.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 1995 | CLAUDIA ELLER, TIMES MOVIE EDITOR
At the last minute, underground poet/novelist/musician Jim Carroll canceled plans to attend the Sundance Film Festival premiere of the movie version of his 1978 cult classic, "The Basketball Diaries." The self-described recluse opted to stay home in New York to meet with a priest--all in the name of research for a new novel Carroll is writing. "I've been corresponding with this priest from the Vatican who grew up in New York City . . .
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 1994 | LORRAINE ALI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Ringling Sisters' ninth annual Holiday "Fun" Raiser may have sprung from a well of good intentions, but, Monday at the Palace, the six-hour benefit show--featuring a roster of rockers, poets and performance artists--let off more of a constant fizzle than a resonating bang. Local punk luminaries X, the Circle Jerks, former Blaster Dave Alvin and the host Ringling Sisters, along with newer bands such as Possum Dixon, all played 20-minute sets, mostly with seasonal gusto.
SPORTS
December 31, 2003 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Pete Carroll jumps into the scrum at USC football practice, sometimes diving over a goal-line pile as if he were a 22-year-old tailback leaping for the end zone. Carroll, age 5, jumped over a tower of pillows in a living room, diving for the imaginary end zone if only he could evade the hulking form of his 10-year-old brother. It is September, his USC football team is playing at Cal, and Carroll has left 25 tickets for the guys -- for Skip Corsini and Jim Peters, for Henry Diaz and Ken Roby -- for his football pals, his basketball buddies, his baseball compatriots, for the gang from Redwood High in Larkspur, Calif.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 1994 | LORRAINE ALI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Ringling Sisters' ninth annual Holiday "Fun" Raiser may have sprung from a well of good intentions, but, Monday at the Palace, the six-hour benefit show--featuring a roster of rockers, poets and performance artists--let off more of a constant fizzle than a resonating bang. Local punk luminaries X, the Circle Jerks, former Blaster Dave Alvin and the host Ringling Sisters, along with newer bands such as Possum Dixon, all played 20-minute sets, mostly with seasonal gusto.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 1994 | RICK MARIN
Matt Dillon wanted this movie. Anthony Michael Hall, Eric Stoltz, Ethan Hawke, Stephen Dorff--and River Phoenix, who may have wanted it too much. It's perfect for any ambitious, talented young star who can play conflicted, charming and doomed. The movie is "The Basketball Diaries" and the star is Leonardo DiCaprio. It's based on Jim Carroll's 1978 book of the same name--a memoir of the 43-year-old poet and subculture hero's days as a New York teen-age hoop prodigy and heroin addict.
NEWS
March 18, 1993 | JOHN PENNER
Except maybe for Joy Division, the New Wave didn't get much darker than Jim Carroll. A heroin addict from the time he was 13, he used his anxiety and paranoia to fuel a riveting, incisive and horrific batch of prose and poetry before adding swagger and electric guitars to come with this, his first experiment with rock.
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