“I hope in reading this book you come to understand that although Jim was far from perfect, his greatest flaws derived from the same source as his greatest gifts. He wanted to make everyone happy. I know he will be with me forever.” Ingrid Croce
Written in the honest, clear voice of Jim Croce’s widow and singing partner Ingrid Croce, along with her musician husband, Jimmy Rock, I Got A Name is an unforgettable, bittersweet, and deeply personal biography of the talented songwriter behind “Time in a Bottle” and “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim.”
Vividly recreating Jim Croce’s journey as a young, talented musician driving trucks and honing his craft in dive bars, Ingrid’s intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait details what went into becoming a “folk music” legend. In the full chaos of the ‘60s and early ‘70s counterculture, we meet Jim’s buddies, Arlo Guthrie and Jimmy Buffett, a host of troubadours, lovers, eccentric friends, and the real-life inspirations for the grittier, larger-than-life characters who inhabit such hits as “Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown.”
But the heart of I Got A Name is the ballad of Jim and Ingrid, a love story that is touching in its heartfelt innocence, even as Ingrid deals with the temptations of the touring musician’s lifestyle that Jim was unable to resist.
I Got a Name is, like Jim Croce’s songs, a book for everyone who wants to keep the music alive,
and especially for those who want to truly understand Jim’s unique battles — and the magic that
has caused his songs to endure for more than forty years.
Ingrid has not — and never will — give death an ounce of sympathy or retreat one little bit from the full acknowledgment of what love truly is: a part of herself in the form of Jim Croce. The details of this book are about Jim and Ingrid, but the story is about anyone who has had the good fortune and unbelievable luck to find someone who will tell it with love.
“So I say to my old friend, Jim. “Buddy, you got more than a name. You’ve got yourself one hell of a gal.”