Celebrating Tina’s survivor spirit
This is a no-holds-barred recounting of quite a life — in music and beyond. Tina Turner is more than ready to tell it. She’s done the hard yards, she’s taken several turns around the block, and this memoir celebrates her 60th year — yes 60 — in the music industry.
She includes the formidable figure of Ike Turner, who married Tina, managed her and almost killed her. She is open about his brutality and his salacious appetites.
They lived in his mansion with his three mistresses (all named Ann which made things simple). Tina was frequently beaten by the drug and booze-addled Ike, but she makes her escape one night, battered but ready for a new and different kind of life.
This memoir opens with her lavish wedding to Erwin Bach, 17 years her junior, in 1989.
She contrasts it with her quickie Tijuana wedding to Ike. Little Anna Mae Bullock from Nutbush is her own woman these days.
And this is the basis for this autobiography (written with Deborah Davis and Dominik Wichmann). It’s about her brand, leaving Ike behind, rather than about the music. It’s Turner the icon, an inspiration for women dealing with violence and it deals with her kidney transplant from her husband, and the suicide of her son last year.
But most of all it’s a celebration of a survivor spirit from a formidable woman.
Icon Tina Turner.
Tina Turner: My love story (official autobiography) By Tina Turner, Penguin Random House, $40