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Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll died this past Sept 11th. It was a shock to me and was another in the never ending stream of celebrity death. I only had a passing interest in his music and I never read Basketball Diaries, but I was lucky enough to see him do a spoken word in 1994 when I lived in San Francisco (the Tenderloin btw). He was well spoken, entertaining, and just plain awesome. What pops into my head most when I think about that night is the story about him violating a piece of veal that his family winds up having for dinner, that he performed a slowed down acoustic version of “Those are People Who Died” that went on forever, and a story about a cockroach and a paper bag.
I feel very lucky to have seen him. The world needs more Jim Carrolls. Not impressionists. You know what I mean.

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