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I Got a Name: The Jim Croce Story Hardcover – July 3, 2012
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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 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.”
“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.”
Portland Book Review, 7/9/12
Houston Press, 7/16/12
American Profile, 8/12/12
Lockport Union Sun & Journal, 8/5/12
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes Jim Croce lives on!!! He was a gifted person. Thank you Ingrid and Jimmy for sharing his life with all of us.Published 3 months ago by Monz
Great look behind the "curtains" of an iconic singer/songwriter. Interesting insight to the stories behind the songs. Overall great read, especially for Croce fans.Published 5 months ago by Mark R. Schaefer
I loved this book - It didn't paint Jim Croce as a saint - he was human & very lovable. I did feel badly that he worked so hard at his craft and was taken advantage by people he... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jan
Loved this story, well written & reality. Such ah tragic end, so sad so many people got dat pockets while this artist made so many people happy.Published 9 months ago by Tamicat
I thought this was a good book. I never knew he was just getting started good when he lost his life. just image the songs that were to come.Published 10 months ago by Danny Matthews
This is a must read for any Croce fan. A fascinating look at the lives of Jim and Ingrid. Hard to put it down for even a moment.Published 10 months ago by Reviewer U Can Trust
I have waited all my life for this book and finally Ingred did it and did it well ...I felt like i was right there watching their life come together What a wonderful read and a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael J. Klementovich