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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 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.
About the Author
Ingrid Croce is an artist, entrepreneur, restauranteur, singer-songwriter, and the author of Thyme in a Bottle, an autobiographical cookbook, The Jim Croce Anthology songbook, The San Diego Restaurant Cookbook, and Photographs and Memories-Recipes from Croce's Restaurant & Jazz Bar (crocesparkwest.com). She lives in San Diego and is married to her coauthor.
Jimmy Rock is a musician, writer, and attorney.
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.” —-
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 forty 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. Fansparticularly those who crushed on Crocewill still enjoy this book and the memories that come with it.”—-