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I Got a Name: The Jim Croce Story
is an unforgettable, bittersweet, and deeply personal biography of the talented songwriter that captures the rise of the burgeoning counterculture of the '60s and early '70s.
Written in the honest, clear voice of Jim Croce's widow and singing partner Ingrid Croce, along with musician and writer Jimmy Rock, the book vividly re-creates the days when young, talented musicians were not sought out by slick television shows but had to hone their craft in dive clubs and deal with the constant realities of supporting themselves in any way possible. It also shows the intimate, behind-the-scenes details of what went into becoming a "folk music" legend, as well as encounters with buddies Arlo Guthrie, Jimmy Buffet, and other troubadours.
But the heart of this tale 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. Like Jim Croce's songs, I Got a Name is a book for everyone who loves music, especially those who want to truly understand Croce's unique gifts and the magic that has caused his songs to endure for more than forty years.
A personal memoir of the bestselling, legendary singer and guitarist Jim Croce, told by those who knew him best
Singer-songwriter Jim Croce was at the height of his career with No. 1 hits and#147;Bad, Bad Leroy Brownand#8221; and and#147;Time in a Bottleand#8221; when his life was cut short on September 20, 1973. Just thirty years old when his plane crashed while on tour, Croce was revered by an adoring audience for his gentle melodies and everyman demeanor. Now, for the first time, this biography 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 Nameandmdash;told by Croceand#8217;s widow, Ingrid, with full access to everyone who knew and loved the singerandmdash;is at once a revealing portrait of a great artist and a moving love story.
About the Author
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 Memoriesandmdash;Recipes from Croce's Restaurant and Jazz Bar
(crocesparkwest.com). She lives in San Diego and is married to her coauthor.
Jimmy Rock is a musician, writer, and attorney.