RIP Jim Carroll

Story here. Saw him perform once, in 1980 or so at some theatre in New York — not even sure where, I was new to the city and just along for the ride with a girl who really, really wanted to see the show. It was completely sold out, but somehow through sheer determination, she convinced the guy at the door to let us watch from up in the rafters. “People Who Died” had recently become an unexpected radio hit, and I remember Carroll at one point talking about musicians who felt he hadn’t paid his dues — he begged to differ on that.