I Got a Name: The Jim Croce Story

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Da Capo Press, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 307 pages
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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.

 

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Very disappointing. It is more about Ingrid than Jim. Many of the conversations have to be regarded as suspect as they are re-created almost 40 years after the events. Writing delivery and style are ... Read full review

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I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I had wanted to find something about this mysterious Jim Croce who sang so many songs which I found enjoyable and meaningful, and yet, cut down just before his career took off. I often wondered what happened to his widowed wife and orphaned son, and am delighted to discover she is every bit as dynamic as Jim would have been. In some ways, it's one of those sad "what might have been" stories, had Jim not died that fateful night. I suspect he would have become a super legend.
It's easy to criticise and several reviewers have commented on how the story is more about Ingrid, and her side of the story as if that is a weakness of the book. I disagree with that view. I think Ingrid did a magnificent job of bringing Jim alive in this book and the fact she put her own perspectives into the Jim Croce story, is not only completely appropriate but makes it to me, a full story on Jim. She delivers us the image of a sensitive, very intelligent, gifted man, sometimes out of his depth, sometimes out of control, but never truly lost, and without that tragic aircraft crash, I believe he would have been one of those survivors and an elder statesman of Folk/Rock music today.
 

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SpeedballTucker
What Do People Do? New Yorks Not My Home
Got aName Epilogue Acknowledgments
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About the author (2012)

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.

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