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I Got a Name: The Jim Croce Story by [Croce, Ingrid, Rock, Jimmy]
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Length: 336 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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Editorial Reviews


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.”

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 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.

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: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080K3M0C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,091 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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I bought this book with mixed hopes - everything I've seen put out by Ingrid has been less than stellar. Lots of hype, not much delivered.

This book - seriously - was so unnecessary.

Imaginary conversations, incorrect facts - I believe that Ingrid believes everything she says, but I don't believe anything went down the way she described. I'd love to hear the "interviews" she says she had - for there are no annotations or references in the book.

Hoodwinked again, I fell for the "release something every decade" sale again. And I'm sorry I did.
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I’ll admit to knowing very little about Jim Croce before reading this book. When his songs hit the radio in the early 1970’s, we could sing along and laugh with him through Don’t Mess Around With Jim and Bad, Bad Leroy Brown. They were fun party songs that separated him from the trend of mellow, folk-pop acoustic guitar performers of that era. But then he could switch to a mellow gear and touch us with Time In A Bottle and I Got A Name, which were also massive hits. At the peak of his career he died in a tragic plane crash. We remember his name and his songs, but he wasn’t with us long enough to know much more about him.
Written by his widow and her current musician husband, this is an intimate look at Croce’s life. It’s informative and insightful for a Jim Croce novice like myself, and fills in the blanks on why he is remembered as a storyteller for the common man. He was dedicated to his dream of making music his life and struggled hard to make it come true. His journey was far from being an overnight success and the years he spent scraping for money and playing gigs in dive bars, at colleges and simply for anyone that would listen have you rooting for his eventual success. The stories about his disappointments, including failed recordings, bad contracts and family relationships while growing up, make his brief moments as a star even more tragic. This is especially true while reading because we all know how it ends.
Again, this has been my only source of information about Jim Croce. I would feel his widow, who was with him since she was a teenager and also his frequent singing partner, would know more than anyone else. But because she waited almost 40 years to tell her story, I found the conversations she shares verbatim throughout the book to be distracting.
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