Tuesday, October 28

Jim Carroll - Catholic Boy (1980)

"... Jim Carroll is one of the very few authors who convincingly brought his work from the printed word to the rock & roll stage, growing into a passionate and commanding rock singer as well as a tough, intelligent songwriter, and his first album, Catholic Boy, best captures his strengths. Carroll's memoir The Basketball Diaries made clear he had an uncanny knack for capturing the dark and gritty rhythms of the New York streets, while his poetry collections such as Living at the Movies recorded the edgy grace of his verse, and Carroll was able to merge both of those qualities on his songs for Catholic Boy. Of course, this being rock & roll, it's the gritty stuff that's stands out best, especially the unrelenting 'People Who Died' and the pained and bitter title cut."
W - Catholic Boy
NY Times: Jim Carroll’s Long Way Home
Salmagundi Syncopation
YouTube: People Who Died, Nothing is true, Wicked Gravity, Three Sisters, Day and Night

2009 September: Jim Carroll