At once a moving love story and a revealing portrait of Jim Croce’s life & times.
In this intimate memoir, Jim Croce’s widow and singing partner, Ingrid Croce, presents a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the legendary singer-songwriter of such #1 hits as “Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bottle.”
Jim Croce was at the height of his career when his life was cut short in a plane crash while on tour. For the first time, I Got a Name 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 tells the rollicking true story of becoming a folk music legend, giving readers full access to everyone who knew and loved Jim Croce, including buddies Jimmy Buffett and Arlo Guthrie.
Written in the honest, clear voice of Ingrid Croce, along with musician and writer Jimmy Rock, I Got A Name is an unforgettable, bittersweet, and deeply personal biography that is also, at its core, a ballad — the love story of Jim & Ingrid.
Your copy of I Got A Name will be personally autographed & inscribed by Ingrid Croce.
“My memories of Jim have not faded one bit from my memory, from the first time we met in Key West back in the ‘70s, to the days I spent with him on the road, watching and learning as an opening act. He was simply a big influence on me and I won’t forget him.” Jimmy Buffett
“From ‘Bad, Bad Leroy Brown’ to ‘Time In A Bottle,’ Jim’s writing and heartfelt songs touched me in a way that left me excited and yet speechless. His spectrum of creativity told me that he had so much to say in his writing, in his music, with his instrument, with his voice, and in his songs. His gift haunts me forever.” Stevie Wonder
“How lucky are we that a talent like Jim Croce came along in our lifetime. His music and voice will live on long after we’re gone, as well as his reputation as a wonderful human being. Jim Croce, I will always love you.” Dolly Parton
“Jim and I were on the road together for about a year, and one of the things I can say that I remember most is that he was a genuinely modest person from the beginning to the end. Some people are humble on stage and then in person they’re not. But Jim was genuinely surprised at what was happening to him and grateful that he was there. He always realized that it was better than driving a truck, and having had that experience maybe made him appreciate it more than some of us might.” Randy Newman
“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.”
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Ingrid Croce & Jimmy Rock
Da Capo Press
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