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Suzanne Boyd

THE YEAR IS END­ING not with a whim­per but a bang – a con­tin­u­a­tion of the on­go­ing ca­coph­ony that de­fined 2018, brought on by fis­sures in the pub­lic square and sta­tus quo we have not seen for decades. As ev­i­denced by the record amount of di­verse fe­males who have surfed the blue wave into Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal of­fice in their re­cent mid-term elec­tions, women have led the way. Though re­fus­ing to be con­scripted into run­ning for of­fice, former first lady Michelle Obama, whose mem­oir Be­com­ing is the most an­tic­i­pated book of the year, has also emerged as a lead­ing voice due to her in­deli­ble state­ment “When they go low, we go high,” which has so suc­cinctly met the mo­ment. Obama’s in­spir­ing story of as­pi­ra­tion, achieve­ment and amaz­ing grace un­der pres­sure will be a salve for these times. But for a primer on the his­tory that has brought us here, I re­comend the lat­est book by New York mag­a­zine colum­nist Re­becca Trais­ter: Good and Mad: The Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Power of Women’s Anger.

One woman who has ev­ery right to be en­raged is our cover sub­ject, Tina Turner. After years of abuse and trauma, she took back her power and her ca­reer, only to later in life face set­backs that could have led to her los­ing it all. Anger may be a nec­es­sary tool of needed dis­rup­tion and re­form but, in the per­sonal sphere, it can be cor­ro­sive and toxic. As Tina re­counts in her new book, it was not anger but love that has helped her sur­vive and thrive – fit­tingly, it’s called My Love Story: A Mem­oir. Bryan Adams’ pho­to­graphs of Tina for our cover story ( Tina!, page 29) cap­ture her tran­scen­dent spirit and in­ner joy. Here, I in­ter­view him on their decades-long col­lab­o­ra­tion and friend­ship.

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