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I Got a Name: The Jim Croce Story Kindle Edition

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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 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. 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”

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

Philadelphia Inquirer, 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.”

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 ( She lives in San Diego and is married to her coauthor.

Jimmy Rock is a musician, writer, and attorney.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2360 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; First Trade Paper Edition edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080K3M0C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Beachcomber on July 29, 2012
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Those who know and love Jim Croce will be hard-pressed to find him in this biography by his former singing partner/wife. The portrayal of Jim in these pages is almost unrecognizable as the man known as a gentle, kind, sensitive man and a fine human being. I wouldn't want to read a whitewash that makes him look perfect, but this book, which, ironically, the author calls a "love story," goes to the opposite extreme.

In her earlier book "Thyme in a Bottle" the author said this biography was originally written in the '80s but was put aside until she felt ready to tell Jim's story. She said then that she wanted everyone to know what a good man Jim was -- smart, generous, kind, and giving. She also said that Jim was very private and would have hated having his life exposed, which was part of why she decided not to publish the book at that time. Well, Jim would REALLY hate what she has done to him in this version. The author veers repeatedly between professing her love for Jim and portraying him as selfish, abusive, and controlling. She seems to be trying to make herself look like a virtuous, blameless victim and make Jim look like a complete jerk. Neither portrayal is at all believable.

Using extensive imaginary dialogues which are presented as fact, the author belittles and ridicules Jim and many of his friends. Tommy West and Terry Cashman, Jim's producers and friends who made him a star, are treated scathingly. Subtle but acidic digs are leveled at many of Jim's other friends and even his family. Even Maury Muehleisen, Jim's friend and lead guitarist, the musical genius who was largely responsible for the signature "Jim Croce sound," is portrayed in a dismissive, ridiculing tone.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. Darling on June 4, 2013
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I read this book hoping to read more into JC'S spirit and beautiful songs. Instead what I read were to me a bunch of falsehoods. Perhaps Croce had his faults,( as we all do )but I had a hard time buying what the author was selling. Drug addict? Abusive? Womanizer? Madman? Maybe so, but Mr. Croce always came across in his music and storytelling as a gentle, kind person. He's no longer with us to defend himself and I'm afraid to say the book was a crock.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By MusicFan on July 20, 2012
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If you're looking for long-awaited additional details on the life of Jim Croce, you'll find them here - but they come at a price. Croce's music had a unique ability to make the listener both happy and sentimental, even on difficult subjects (see "Lover's Cross"), but after reading this book the reader may feel neither. Almost no one associated with Croce escapes critique, and everyone comes out at knocked down a notch or two - including Croce himself. While the book provides a generous amount of new details on this "overnight" success, more insight or speculation on "how" Croce matured as a songwriter into huge commercial success would have been interesting. Somehow, Croce's music reached a new level of sophistication and commercial appeal in 1970-71. Just before that, he was playing in a country bar and working as a truck driver. Was it the combination of Croce and Muehleisen's varied musical backgrounds that jelled in what has become a extremely durable music catalogue? Not much is offered in this regard. Nonetheless, the book is worth the investment though one conclusion may be that often our heroes are all too human.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. L LaRegina on December 19, 2012
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What a surprise to see none other than the widow of Jim Croce share the story of her years with the late singer-songwriter in 2012. We lost Jim Croce in 1973! One cannot accuse author Ingrid Croce of rushing to cash in on the news, publishing I GOT A NAME: THE JIM CROCE STORY thirty-nine years after the man's untimely death.

I compare the fate of Jim Croce to that of actor James Dean. Both had but a small body of work when they died young (Croce, 30; Dean, 24) but decades later we still see James Dean films - and there were only three of note - on television and hear Jim Croce music - all from just three albums of note - in public. I was not yet born when Dean died but was 13 when Croce passed away and remember hearing the news from a friend at school, who asked, "Did you hear that the guy who sang 'Bad, Bad Leroy Brown' died?" Maybe that's why Ingrid Croce uses the title of another Croce hit, "I Got a Name," as the title of this book, even though Jim Croce did not compose that one. Anyway, after his tragic death he went from being the guy who did "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" to Jim Croce. Weird coincidence that after "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" the next Jim Croce single was "I Got a Name."

But I think PHOTOGRAPHS AND MEMORIES, another Jim Croce song title, would be better as the name of this book. It's more about Ingrid Croce's time with Jim as opposed to the full-blown biography of the man I expected. But I GOT A NAME's a must-read for Jim Croce fans as no one qualifies better to tell about him than Ingrid Croce, who is in a word honest about their years together. Maybe I should have anticipated the book's emphasis on their relationship. I GOT A NAME does get into the music, just not as much as I thought it would.
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