It’s been a long time coming, but the intimate facets of Jim Croce‘s life are finally revealed in an authorized biography. Written by his widow Ingrid Croce with the aid of her current husband, I Got a Name: The Jim Croce Story takes an in-depth look into the life of the “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bottle” singer-songwriter, whose time was tragically cut short in a 1973 plane crash at age 30.

The biography took 25 years to make its way to the public, initially shelved by Ingrid Croce when she didn’t see eye to eye with a publisher. Now she feels the time is finally right.

“Last year, we took out the book, and it was time,” Ingrid told Rolling Stone. “It was overdue for many fans who kept asking for it. We read it and we felt really pretty good about it. The story was there.”

Encompassing his childhood, time spent in college and the Army National Guard, his relationships and career, the bio reveals both the ups and downs from Croce’s life. Ingrid even recounts her sexual assault that occurred during her time in Mexico – an incident that caused a rift in the relationship, leading to outbursts of anger, recreational drug use and occasional affairs that threatened their marriage.

Ingrid hopes the biography will be turned into a movie, joining recent rock stars whose stories are being brought to the big screen, like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

“Yes, I would love to do a movie of Jim. I think he deserves it, and God knows we’ve had more fans ask for it than you can imagine. That, and ‘Why is Jim not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?'”

During his several years in the spotlight, Croce worked at a prolific pace – something Ingrid showcased throughout I Got a Name. The book is available now, and features a foreword by Arlo Guthrie.

– E.J. Judge, WCBSFM New York


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