Cel­e­brat­ing Tina’s sur­vivor spirit

Havelock North Village Press - - Books - Linda Thomp­son

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

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