- Hardcover: 236 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (September 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 068805949X
- ISBN-13: 978-0688059491
- Package Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I, Tina Hardcover – September, 1986
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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.
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Not only did Anna Mae Bullock (Tina's birth name) come from humble background, in Nutbush, Tennessee, but she survived horrific years of abuse at the hands of husband, promoter and singing partner, Ike Turner. He basically possessed her emotionally, physically and psychologically. He also violated her in every possible way. Before Tina even met the man, she was singing her heart out at church choir. Upon meeting Ike, at the tender age of eighteen, she went on to shoot to stardom, but, not without tremendous sacrifices and risks to her well being. The man was deranged, a full blown drug addict, womanizer and psychopath. I do not want to give away too many details about her life - you really should read the book for your self. This is a spellbinding account of her life (so far). This was originally released in 1986. Highly recommended.
so much turmoil and not getting dragged down by the devil....himself. walking the earth..cause that's really
what he was. If she's really at peace and happy? Good for her..too bad the kids suffered the most in the end.
As I expected, the book went a lot further into Tina's life and her relationship with Ike Turner. I would say that three-fourths of the book centered around Tina's highly caustic relationship with Ike. I came away with conflicting views about Tina Turner and a concrete opinion about Ike.
Dealing with the simplest of the two first, Ike was just a bastard. To be fair, he was a bastard to everyone but he was particularly bastardish to Tina. She was his punching bag--both verbal and physical punching bag--and there didn't seem to be a limit to the harms he would inflict upon her. There was nothing complex about him and seemingly no legitimate basis for his anger. He was short, diminutive and ugly which is maybe the reason he was such a womanizer and surrounded himself with nothing but women. Ike was scum even if he introduced the world to Anna Mae Bullock.
Tina, on the other hand, was an enigma. She was both weak and strong. I'm going to sound real insensitive when I say this, but her weakness was in her inability to leave a man that was probably going to kill her. I'm very well aware of battered women syndrome and of the myriad of reasons women say they can't leave their abusive spouse--that doesn't mean I understand it. I would like to understand, but when I hear a woman who has the physical and mental ability to remove herself from her destructive situation yet doesn't... I don't understand.
Ike tortured her in every way possible for years. He viciously beat her regularly, and when he wasn't beating her he was mercilessly dragging her from one show to another to perform with no breaks. And in between these abuses he was openly having sexual escapades with various women. The iniquities were boundless. But I say she was weak because every time she drew a line in the sand with Ike's behavior he would cross it... and she would stay. There comes a transitional point with me when sympathy becomes indifference and then disgust. I've read too many stories of victims who were real helpless victims: Jayce Duggard (held captive 18 years), Elizabeth Fritzl (held captive by her father for 24 years), Sylvia Likens (16 year old tortured to death by her caregiver). These were truly helpless victims. Tina Turner, while a victim, was not helpless. Definitely, something psychological was keeping her strapped to Ike Turner's side but she still had the capacity to escape that situation and the proof is in the fact that she eventually did. I admit, this is a matter I need to read more about; there has to me more to why she stayed when so many other women Ike abused had left.
But the enigmatic thing about her is that she had to be strong to endure that AND bounce back. It took strength to bear that type of torment for so many years and do so without resorting to drugs, or alcohol, or suicide (though she did finally attempt that). Then, for her to be whole enough, after that entire ordeal, to remake herself and to become a success on her own--yes that took strength.
Tina's story is astounding. The clutch isn't in how she tells the story but the story she tells. Not many people have gone through such a life, famous or not. The book is pretty much a narration with some nice pictures in there for reference. Of course with the aid of Youtube you can even hear some of her old tracks that are referred to in the book. Tina went through a heckofa journey and emerged on the other side a polished gem.