in partnership with The Carlsbad City Library
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 2:00pm
Carlsbad City Library
1775 Dove Lane
Cost: FREE (books available for sale and signing at event or pre-order below)
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, revealing the man behind the melodic, sweet side of ballads and love songs like “Time in a Bottle” and the grittier, larger-than-life characters who inhabit such hits as “Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown” and “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim." Written in the honest, clear voice of Jim Croce’s widow and singing partner Ingrid Croce, along with musician and writer Jimmy Rock, I Got A Name vividly recreates 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. Join Ingrid as she discusses and signs this long-awaited biography, I Got a Name: The Jim Croce Story. During the event music by the renowned musician will also be played for the audience's enjoyment.
About the Book and AuthorA hard-working businesswoman, Ingrid Croce is widely credited with leading the revitalization of the City’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. Today, the Gaslamp is regarded as the gem of Downtown San Diego, but when Ingrid first toured the area in the early-1970’s it was hardly a diamond in the rough. Run-down, dirty and teeming with unsavory characters (not unlike “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”), there was little to foster the belief that a mighty phoenix could someday rise from such gritty ashes. However, Ingrid saw the Gaslamp’s potential and in 1985, she opened Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar as a tribute to her late husband, musician Jim Croce.
The community is Ingrid’s passion and she devotes a great deal of time to assisting others. She received the City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Award, works annually with the Emilio Nares Foundation and contributes to art programs via the Center for Community Solutions. She produced A Celebration of Women Chefs, benefitting Rachel’s Women’s Center, helped develop a Food Service, Hospitality and Tourism curriculum for the San Diego Unified School District and Mesa College as part of San Diego City College’s Business Roundtable for Education and co-founded Croce, Rock, Nelson Productions to raise money for community AIDS organizations. She also awards musical scholarships to performers devoted to keeping live music alive.