NYT obit here. below is an excerpt:
In 1973 Mr. Carroll left New York to escape drugs. He settled in Bolinas, an artistic community north of San Francisco, where met and married Rosemary Klemfuss in 1978. The marriage ended in divorce. He is survived by a brother, Tom.
Mr. Carrollâ€™s music career started by accident when Ms. Smith brought him onstage to declaim his poetry with her band providing background. Encouraged by the response, he formed his own band. It caught the attention of Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, who arranged a three-record deal with Atlantic Records.
The critic Stephen Holden described Mr. Carroll in The New York Times in 1982 as â€œnot so much a singer as an incantatory rock-and-roll poet.â€ Like Lou Reed, he had a mesmerizing power, evident on songs like â€œPeople Who Diedâ€ from â€œCatholic Boy,â€ a poetic litany of his dead friends that became a hit on college radio and part of the soundtrack for â€œE.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.â€