My Love Story by Tina Turner ~ The Autobiography
My Own Copy ~ Hardback Book
Love’s got everything to do with it.
Tina Turner is the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, a musical icon celebrating her 60th year in the industry. In this dramatic autobiography, she tells the story of a truly remarkable life in the spotlight.
From her early years picking cotton in Nutbush, Tennessee to her rise to fame alongside Ike Turner, and finally to her phenomenal success in the 1980s and beyond, Tina candidly examines her personal history, from her darkest hours to her happiest moments and everything in between.
In her honest and heart-felt voice, Tina reveals:
· How (love) and a kidney transplant saved her life – and how her new husband made an incredible personal sacrifice
· How she has coped with the tragic suicide of her son
· How ex-husband Ike Turner forced her to go to a brothel on their wedding night… and why she tried to kill herself because of Ike’s mistresses
· The Cinderella moment when David Bowie made Tina a star …
· …and the day Mick Jagger ripped her skirt off!
AND MUCH MORE
Brimming with her trademark blend of strength, energy, heart and soul, My Love Story is a gripping, surprising memoir, as memorable and entertaining as any of her greatest hits.
My Review ~
‘I knew when to run away from snakes’
This title was a Christmas present from my husband, and I could not wait to start reading it. What I found inside was an incredible story of a woman that has fascinated me for many years.
After all, before there was Beyonce, there was Tina Turner…
‘I’d laboured all my life. Nobody gave me one thing’
The novel opens telling the childhood of Anna Mae Bullock, it is emotionally painful to digest. As it is revealed that Tina’s relationship with her mother was an extremely difficult one. I knew what was about to come with Ike and I at least wanted Tina to have known a childhood of love and warmth. But for Tina, it was not to be…
‘I knew that my mother didn’t love me’
It is worth noting that despite Tina never having had her mother’s affections, she never let it prevent her from taking care of her in later years. Something I found reminiscent of my own life, in a different way.
Then Tina meets Ike…
‘Ike didn’t just look dangerous. He was dangerous’
The brutality of their marriage is detailed and again, makes for painful reading. Eventually resulting in Tina’s attempt to take her own life…
‘I was meant to survive. I was here for a reason’
‘What had been ugly and hateful between us before he started using drugs became worse with every snort’
Ike’s decline into drug addiction, would ultimately force Tina to leave.
‘I wasn’t just running away from Ike. I was running toward a new life’
Tina would end their 14yr marriage and find herself alone and beginning a new start at 37yrs old. When her divorce was finally settled 2yrs later, she would leave with her children, two car’s and her name. Tina would have to start over! And start over she did, becoming a figure of female empowerment and strength.
With a little help and some much needed love from stars of the music industry. Tina would re-launch her music career, which is also when I became a fan. I was only born in 1983, so for Tina’s first popularity in music and marriage to Ike, I was mostly unaware until I became much older.
My introduction to Tina’s music would come when my father bought the album Foreign Affair. I was only 6yrs old when this album was released. Yet I know all the words of by heart and would spend my days with a hairbrush microphone screaming out the hits and storming the lounge carpet, like Tina stormed the stage. Of course, I also flicked my hair, in true Tina style!
Tina has long been a hero of mine, but this autobiography filled in the gaps of her history, I never knew. It is an incredible read.
I discovered along the read, that not only am I a huge fan of Tina Turner the stage persona, but I am also a huge fan of Anna Mae Bullock too. 5* Genius