I Got a Name: The Jim Croce Story

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Jim Croce, singer-songwriter of the #1 hits Bad Bad Leroy Brown and Time in a Bottle, was at the height of his career when his life was cut short in a plane crash while on tour. Just 30 years old on September 20, 1973, Jim was revered by an adoring audience for his gentle melodies and everyman demeanor.

Now, for the first time, this memoir reveals the man behind the denim jackets and signature mustache, a hard-working, wry charmer who was also beset with exhaustion at the sheer ...

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Overview

Jim Croce, singer-songwriter of the #1 hits Bad Bad Leroy Brown and Time in a Bottle, was at the height of his career when his life was cut short in a plane crash while on tour. Just 30 years old on September 20, 1973, Jim was revered by an adoring audience for his gentle melodies and everyman demeanor.

Now, for the first time, this memoir reveals the man behind the denim jackets and signature mustache, a hard-working, wry charmer who was also beset with exhaustion at the sheer magnitude of his own success. I Got a Name, told with full access to everyone who knew and loved Jim Croce, is at once a revealing portrait of a great artist and a moving love story.

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Kirkus Reviews, 7/1/12
“Jim Croce’s widow finally opens up about living, loving and making music with her late pop-star husband….For almost 40 years, fans curious about Jim have had to satisfy themselves with his wonderful songs, but now we have a more complete picture of the man behind the music. A deeply candid look into the life and times of a talented artist.”

Library Journal, 7/1/12
“Ingrid paints a loving yet honest and revealing picture of his musical career and their life together…More memoir than biography, the book is better for this intensely personal perspective…An unflinchingly personal portrait…A heartfelt, compelling read: recommended.”
 
Kingman Daily Miner, 6/17/12
“This is a well written, thought out, and moving story, which is well worth reading. A five star book, which includes many lyrics, you can hum as you read them.”

Bookworm Sez
“Authors Ingrid Croce and Jimmy Rock give this story a deeply personal spin, with insight to the singer, his songs, and the times in which he lived. Fans—particularly those who crushed on Croce—will still enjoy this book and the memories that come with it.”

Portland
Book Review, 7/9/12“This passionate and revealing book is recommended to anyone who wishes to pursue a life in the music industry, or anyone involved with a person doing so.”

San Diego Union-Times, 7/15/12
“As heartfelt as it is sometimes wrenching, I Got a Name is both a loving homage and a no-holds-barred examination of the late Jim Croce.”

BackstageAxxess, 7/15/12
“The book is so well written that even persons completely unfamiliar with Croce's music (if that is possible) will still find it a wonderfully moving story.”

Houston Press, 7/16/12“An insightful look at the denim-jacketed/handlebar-mustachioed man and his music…[A] book length look at Jim Croce is welcome and long overdue, and few would argue that anyone knew him better than this tome's co-author. "

Buffalo News, 7/29/12“A portrait of a man who set most responsibilities aside to devote every waking hour to his music….reads like diary entries but overall lends revealing insight into the struggle to the top and the subsequent pressure to stay there…and the machinations of the recording business, especially from an all-too-familiar cheat-the-artist standpoint, are eye-opening.”

San Diego Downtown News, 8/07/12
“Readers will find Jim and Ingrid Croce imperfect at times, but also passionate, driven and real human beings. As such, their story is as simple as it is complicated, endearing, and at times surprisingly revealing; but their lives are always relatable and their story is captured with honesty and a great deal of love."

American Profile, 8/12/12
“This insightful biography, written by the woman who knew him best—the teenage sweetheart who later became his wife—shines a candid, illuminating spotlight on [Jim Croce].“

Lockport Union Sun & Journal, 8/5/12“[A] deeply moving memoir…A wonderful read for fans of Jim Croce”

SpartanburgHerald Journal, 8/19/12“An unforgettable, bittersweet and deeply personal biography of the talented songwriter.”

PhiladelphiaInquirer, 10/7/12“[A] candid and engrossing new book.”

San Francisco Book Review, 10/17/12“The book is very well done. A lot of thought, love, and time went into I Got a Name.”

Library Journal
Every great artist deserves to have his or her story told. In the case of singer-songwriter Jim Croce, there could be no better narrator than his widow, Ingrid (The San Diego Restaurant Cookbook). Tracing her husband's life and career through the filter of their strong but often strained relationship, Ingrid paints a loving yet honest and revealing picture of his musical career and their life together. While more memoir than biography, the book is better for this intensely personal perspective. Instead of a dry, fact-reciting retelling of Jim's life, readers meet the man himself with all his talents, grace, and occasional faults on display. VERDICT This is an unflinchingly personal portrait of both Jim and Ingrid, but since the artist was known and loved for his personal and evocative music (as well as his often humorous and relatable lyrics), this memoir seems a fitting part of his legacy, 40 years after his untimely death. A heartfelt, compelling read; recommended.—Peter Thornell, Hingham P.L., MA
Kirkus Reviews
Jim Croce's widow finally opens up about living, loving and making music with her late pop-star husband. Before he was tragically killed in a 1973 plane crash while on tour, Croce commanded the radio airwaves. In the early '70s, hits like "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," "Operator" and "Time in a Bottle" made the singer-songwriter appear like an overnight sensation. In reality, it took him many years of heartache and struggle to crack the top of the charts, and Ingrid was with him every step of the way, both as a musical collaborator and a devoted wife. The couple's profound love for one another, first ignited when Jim was still in college and Ingrid was just 16, is infused into every one of these intimate pages. Her husband's premature death was a nightmare to all who knew him and loved his music. For Ingrid, the tragedy actually began well before he ever climbed into that doomed airplane. At some point (which Ingrid traces to a horrific incident she experienced while on vacation), Jim began to change in ways that are almost as sad, frustrating and unfathomable as his untimely demise. She recounts the many betrayals and transgressions in a heartbreaking voice. This warts-and-all portrait paints Jim as a profoundly conflicted man who might have gotten his act together had he been given the time--but maybe not. For almost 40 years, fans curious about Jim have had to satisfy themselves with his wonderful songs, but now we have a more complete picture of the man behind the music. A deeply candid look into the life and times of a talented artist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306821219
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 652,079
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Ingrid Croce

Ingrid Croce is a singer-songwriter, author, and restaurateur whose previous books include The Jim Croce Anthology and two cookbooks. She lives in San Diego. Jimmy Rock is an entertainment attorney, musician, writer, and husband of Ingrid Croce.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Fantastic

    Ingrid writes a smooth and informative life into her and Jim's life. She givee background to each of his songs while telling the jouney of how he got to each spot in his life. I recommid this book to any music lover, but mostly for the fans who want to know more about the voice, music and lyrics that they love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Great story!

    It reads easily and I always wanted to know more about Jim Croce. He was such a great singer and his life over way too soon.

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