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I, Tina [Hardcover]

Tina Turner , Kurt Loder
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Book Description

September 1986

Tina Turner's is the most fascinating true story in show business. From Nut Bush, Tennessee, to Hollywood stardom...from Ike's Kings of Rhythm to onstage with Mick Jagger and the Stones...from the lowest lows to the highest highs, Tina has seen, done, suffered and survived it all. And in her spectacular bestseller I, TINA, she tells it like it really is...

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From Library Journal

Tina's autobiography is just what you'd expect from the fiery superstar: high-powered, sexy, honest, with apparently nothing held back. Tina was neglected as a child and abandoned at age 10. At 18 she hooked up with talented piano player Ike Turner; two years later, in 1960, they had their first hit record. The couple enjoyed considerable material success, but life with Ike became hell on earth. In 1976, Tina got out, giving up all rights to her and Ike's assets to gain her freedom. Flat broke, she started a comeback that culminated with Private Dancer, her award-winning, multi-million selling, worldwide smash album. Tina has somehow remained compassionate, generous, sober, a gutsy survivor who never lost faith in her exceptional singing and performing talents. A good choice for public libraries. Thomas Jewell, Waltham P.L., Mass.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.


“Splendid...this is rock history with substance!” (Susan Brownmiller, Newsday)

“And what a tale she has to tell!” (Liz Smith, New York Daily News)

“A page-tuner!” (People) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (September 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068805949X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688059491
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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156 of 159 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome May 14, 2001
By A Customer
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I love Tina Turner's music and I love her as a person now that I know the story behind her incredible life and career. I wish I had found this sooner. I was also surprised to find out she is a practicing Buddhist. Very cool! No wonder she seems like such a centered human being in all of her interviews.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Tina Turner. Since learning more about Tina's spirituality, I also highly recommend a little book by Taro Gold called "Open Your Mind, Open Your Life" which contains many inspirational thoughts based on the Buddhism Tina metions in her autobiography.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The strong survive March 7, 2004
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I remember first hearing Tina Turner when "A Fool In Love" came out in 1959 and being blown away by the sheer raw power in that awesome voice. For the next two decades, Ike and Tina Turner were household names for R&B fans, and few if anybody outside their inner circle knew the price Tina was paying for being part of the team. An abusive womanizer and control freak, Ike beat Tina with increasing violence over the ensuing 19 years as their fame grew and declined, until Tina finally reached inside herself for the strength to say "Enough".

A question frequently asked is why do women wait so long to get out of such relationships. Tina was bound to Ike by emotional and financial ties and her own insecurity. The devil you know may be better than the devil you don't; who's to say what's waiting on the outside might not be worse than what you escaped from? But one beating too many tipped the scales; for Tina, it was leave or be destroyed.

The story of her flight from Ike with thirty-six cents to her name; the subsequent lawsuits for breach of contract and her comeback to fame and fortune that topped anything she had known when she was part of Ike-and-Tina-Turner is well known enough not to have to recount here; but most of this book is a fascinating and well-written exploration of her childhood, her rise to fame, and the hell of her marriage with Ike, told by many different voices besides hers and Ike's that were witness to it all. We listen to Tina's own voice: "I gave in to myself. I went inside of me to help me. You can do it." We look at Tina now, heading for seventy and still drop-dead gorgeous, and we feel a deep admiration and respect for a very gutsy lady. This book is inspired reading.

Judy Lind
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars what love's got to do with it. November 10, 1998
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the ironic title of the film version of tina turner's _i, tina_ (_what's love got to do with it_) is answered in this tale of self-love and inner strength. chronicaling turner rise to superstardom from her days as a cotton picker in tennessee to an internationally-renowned rock diva, _i, tina_ is even more compelling that the film version. featuring interviews with everybody from tina's mother to former ikettes to ike turner himself (i don't know how they pulled that off!), the book is a multifaceted look at turner's life. the national coalition against domestic violence says that a woman is battered by her husband or boyfriend, in this country, every fifteen seconds, making domestic violence america's most common, but least reported, crime. while tina's story is all too common to a number of women, it is also probably one of the most inspiring pieces of literature to deal with the subject of domestic violence. if a poor, black girl from nut bush, tennessee can find the inner strength to not only escape an abusive reltionship, but also take on the music industry by making a comeback and the unprecidented age of thirty-seven, what's to say we all couldn't. _i, tina_ will appeal to those who are not music fans, but it's an absolute must read for anyone who has been following her career.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tina is a Rock and Roll Buddhist Goddess! March 12, 2000
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I found this book after seeing a Larry King Live interview with Tina Turner in which she discusses her life and the Buddhist practice she credits with helping turning her life around, Soka Gakkai. This book is the most inspirational life-story of a living person I've ever read!
I've since read and re-read this book a few times, as well as other books that are related to the Buddhism she practices. At first, it was hard for me to believe someone like Tina could also be a Buddhist, but now that I've read more about it I completely understand.
I'm so glad Tina mentioned Soka Gakkai and Daisaku Ikeda in the interview, because she didn't directly discuss them in this book. I also found the BEST book about Tina's Buddhism at Amazon.co.uk, which I highly recommend - it's called "The Buddha in Daily Life" by Richard Causton.
Tina is the greatest! A true rock and roll Buddhist Goddess! Nam-myoho-renge-kyo...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I have read this book atleast 50 times.

I,Tina still brings out so much emotion within me.

When I was a small child, back in 1984, I remember the first time I saw the video for, "What's Love Got To Do With It?" As I marveled at the beautiful, tough, street savy woman with the wild hair I kept wondering who she was. I, like many other kids, thought that Tina Turner was a brand new artist. And all I knew was that her voice amazed me and I loved her rock and roll style...

I,Tina gave me a different perspective altogether. This is a woman who has been in the game for nearly five decades. Tina was a Rock and Roll Icon long before I was a twinkle in my father's eye.

The autobiography was incredibly well done. Tina is so candid and open about each and every detail of her life. The more I read the more I began to see Tina outside the parameters of fame and fortune.

And she did pay a great price for that fame and fortune through years of torcher and abuse.

I can't believe any human being(well, I don't consider Ike Turner human)could subject another to that level of sadistic treatment. At times I have had to reread Tina's accounts over and over again because I couldn't believe it! The broken jaw, the broken ribs, strangulation, punching, and beatings with household objects.

Ike was a pure animal. The man was a genius when it came to music, but he is a scoundrel in every other facet of his life. He should cease and desist with the claims that Tina falsifying her story. The accounts from eyewitnesses and doctors are there, in bold print. Ike was an abusive S.O.B. and he should be thankful that Tina didn't buy a gun and pump him full of led!

My question is what human being could endure all of that?
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Published 17 months ago by Andrew Eppich
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Love Tina Turner! She is such a great singer and entertainer! The book was very interesting; I really enjoyed it.
Published 22 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth The Read!
I'm A huge Tina Turner fan but besides that this is just A raw, honest, well written book. The movie is excellent but the book has way more depth.
Published 23 months ago by Smith, Q
5.0 out of 5 stars loved the book
This book was in great condition. There's not much else to say. The product was exactly what I wanted it to be.
Published on November 6, 2012 by Ally
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay!
Cover has a coffee stain on it. Book has odd stinch to it, but pages are okay. Can't complain though the book is 25 years old and out of print!
Published on July 2, 2012 by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars I read it in one night
It was an eye opener. Ms Turner is one strong woman then and now. I wish I had her strength.
The book was a delight! I gave it to husband to read now that he is retired. Read more
Published on May 9, 2012 by Janell
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