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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 5, 1990 - Page 7
Jim Carroll tells it like it is CampusCinema

by Greg Baise
M ANY of you might know Jim
OCarroll as the musician who wrote
"People Who Died," a chronicle of
overdosed, run over, murdered, and
other misspent youth who Carroll
encountered while growing up on the
mean streets of New York..
Many of you might know Carroll
as one of those people that almost
died, as he revealed in T h e
Basketball Diaries. The streetwise
tone of his writings show that
Carroll had the savvy to survive,
even if it meant spending some time
at Riker's Island or hustling on
Times Square. Tonight, Carroll
brings his observations and
adventures with him and leaves his

band behind as he performs his
poetry with Allen Ginsberg and John
Sinclair at the Power Center.
Carroll started out as an
adolescent diarist, keeping a journal
of the many out of the ordinary
situations he encountered in the mid-
1960s. He tells of his adventures in
the Biddy basketball league, of
stealing from other teams' locker
rooms and of giving a young Lew
Alcindor a run for his money in the
gymnasiums of New York. Then
Carroll moves on to the more
bohemian exploits of sex and drugs,
prerequisite activities for the 1970s
downtown living detailed in a second
volume of diaries, Forced Entries, a
pseudo-fictionalized, embellished vo-
ume that was published in 1987.

Forced Entries finds Carroll in
his early 20s, grappling with larger
doses of drugs and a smattering of
sex. He also casually encounters
celebrities like Bob Dylan, William
S. Burroughs and Salvador Dali. He
even lets Ginsberg crash at his
apartment and arranges for him to
spend the night with a three-speed
Both volumes of diaries portray a
pre-15 minutes of fame Carroll, and
Carroll and the reader can share a
laugh at his hindseeing observations,
like Carroll's basketball skill against
the future Kareem-Abdul Jabaar.
Also, in Forced Entries, Carroll
muses upon the idea of integrating
his poetry with rock 'n' roll. Several
years after the events described in the
diaries, Carroll made the Patti Smith
move and released his debut album,
Catholic Boy, which features
"People Who Died."
It's good rock 'n' roll from the
Reed/ Smith/Verlaine School of
New York New Wave. Carroll has
two other albums of rock music and
reads on several Giorno Poetry
Systems compilations.
Carroll knows how hellish some
poetry readings can be. "I find it
difficult at poetry readings to listen
See CARROLL, page 8

One of the people who really
took the Sexual Revolution to heart,
Dusan Makavejev made very good
and very controversial films in the
late '60s and early '70s. Usually ab-
surd, surreal and political, his films
have a tendency to exaggerate reality
and shock people into a new con-
sciousness, not just about their (and
everyone else's) bodies, but about
communism, oppression and free-
dom of speech (it's amazing that, as
a Yugoslav making films in that
country, he was allowed the frank-
ness that he showed, David Lynch is
as dangerous as a Smurf in compari-
son). Sweet Movie, rated X (back
when X was still a legitimate and
acceptable rating), is considered one
of his best films. Most fortunately,
because it's still outrageous and
shocking, his work continues to be a
power tool in the fight against
small-mindedness, especially now
when censorship and institutional-
ized idiocy are spreading like the
Sweet Movie is playing Friday
at 7:00, 8:45 and 10:30 PM in MLB
- Mike Kuniavsky
Bladerunner is a visual overload.
From the very first shot - a slow
zoom across a dark and ominous

L.A. landscape, flames flaring, ap-
proaching a monolithic building that
could hold a city itself - director
Ridley Scott gives us the most
compelling dystopian future ever
seen on screen.
The film is also the most intelli-
gent science fiction picture since
2001: A Space Odyssey. The decay
of society seen in the year 2019
seems nightmarishly possible: envi-
ronmental destruction has created a
world where acid rain falls con-
stantly; animals are almost non-exis-
tent and the few left are worth more
than gold; and those who can afford
to have already left Earth for off-
world colonies.
Robotic technology has advanced
to the point where robots, or repli-
cants in the movie's vernacular, are
indistinguishable from humans and
the job of bladerunner has been cre-
ated to hunt down and kill renegade
replicants. Enter Harrison Ford, a
hard-boiled bladerunner off the pages

of Mickey Spillane, right down to
the noirish narration. Ford must find
and "turn off' 4 replicants who led a
violent rebellion off-world and hi-
jacked a ship to Earth. Rutger Hauer
gives adynamic portrayal as the head
replicant and nemesis/sa viour of Har-
rison Ford, with Daryl Hannah as
his replicant lover.
Amidst all of the excitement and
violence is laid the question of exis-
tence and being. Having experienced
life more exhilaratingly than most
humans and with full memory im-
plants, the replicants make Ford be-
gin to doubt his own job and life.
The music of Vangelis and Scott's
cinematography give many scenes a
feeling of melancholy and occasion-
ally despair, and Ford becomes
film's first futuristic philosopher-de-
tective. Bladerunner differs signifi-
cantly from Phillip K. Dick's excel-
lent "Do Androids Dream of Electric
Sheep", the novel upon which the
See CINEMA, page 9.

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Jim Carroll played either himself or a Jim Carroll imitator in the movie
Tuff Turf, which starred James Spader and Kim Richards, who played
Prudence on Nanny and the Professor.
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