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I, Tina [Hardcover]

Tina Turner , Kurt Loder
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Sep 1986

The dramatic and spectacular story of an American music icon—the immortal Tina Turner!

From Nutbush, Tennessee, to Hollywood stardom; from Ike’s Kings of Rhythm to onstage with Mick Jagger and the Stones; and from the lowest lows to the highest highs, Tina Turner has seen it, done it, suffered it, and survived it all. In her monumental bestseller I, Tina—the basis for the Academy Award-nominated motion picture What's Love Got to Do with It—she tells it like it really was . . . and really is. This book is a superstar's honest and intimate account of struggle and pain, love and abuse, glory and tragedy, and one of the greatest comebacks in music history.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co (Sep 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068805949X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688059491
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a read! it is a must! 11 Jan 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I ahve been a fan of Tina's from as young as I can remember and studied her and loved her music and herself for so long. Reading this book made me realise I knew nothing in comparason to what was in those pages! And there was a lot to be found. She had it hard from being born and faced more challanges than most could survive and yet she triumphed through it all. I won't go into it as it will spoil the impact of the book, but other than it is a must what can I say?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing account 29 Dec 2011
Tina Turner is one of the best loved rock and rolls stars in music history; after seeing the biopic 'whats love got to do with it?' I really wanted to read her book to see her account of the details. According to imdb and wikipedia a lot of the film was dramatised, however after reading her book, i would say the film was incredibly watered down. The abuse and the things she faced were far worse than what the film portrays.

She is a wonderful person, a great read and what an amazing life. I hope tina tours again in england soon so i can see the legend live!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Don't get me wrong, I love, LOVE Tina Turner, but Kurt Loder is super annoying and completely ruins her story. It would have been so much better if he had just written it as a biography, written Tina's exact words, or if Tina had simply written the book herself. I almost didn't get past the first few pages because of his ever-lasting descriptions of Nutbush, and the cotton fields and the roads and the bla-bla-bla I don't even care anymore!! He spends far too much time on flowery description and excessive wording, and I found myself wishing he would just tell the friggin' story already!

It differs to the film a lot more than I expected, so perhaps there's a little bias there because I do love the film, and wasn't expecting to have what I thought I knew already completely changed. It does tend to skip around in places too, so just when you think you've moved on to a new year/decade in Tina's life, it'll skip back and go over older ground. Which is fine if it's telling you something new, but often times he moves forward too much with his biographical accounts and then when it gets to Tina's input, that's when it will skip back because she needs to recount it to finish the anecdote. I do however, like the way that other people in Tina's life (either good, bad, past or present) are included in the book. It helps to round out the details a bit more, and helps to avoid just pitting Tina against Ike and seating her as a victim, which Tina has never wanted to be, or be seen as.

I would say it's definitely worth a read, and you do find out more details about Tina's life that were either changed in the film, or weren't in there to begin with. For me though, I have to say it wasn't as fulfilling as I expected it to be, but that is undoubtedly because of the WAY it's been told, not because of WHAT Tina has to say.

Tina's sections are undoubtedly the best bits, it's just a shame there aren't more of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good 6 Jan 2013
By KezaB
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
great book, the person i brought it for, thought it was a really good and better then the film, so thx it a was a great buy :)x
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tina Turner Life Story 31 July 2012
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An interesting story which keeps you gripped almost from the beginning. The best bits are the autobiographical sections from Tina and the worst are those by Kurt Loder (the author) especially his boring input at the start about Nutbush, which almost put me off reading the rest of the book. Once I got through the first few pages though, I found it difficult to put down. In essence the story is ultimately about the triumph of courage over fear and how Tina was able to find her true self in the process of conquering that fear. Also, Ike comes across as a person you would not wish on your worst enemies relying on violence and fear to control not only Tina but anyone else that threatened his empire. So one had to admire Tina for overcoming a person so poisoned as Ike and becoming strong in the face of his best efforts to scupper her solo career.

However, one aspect of the book that I couldn't admire was how irresponsible many of those around Tina were with sex and having children, including Tina herself. I certainly got the impression that no one gave much thought to having children or how they were going to bring them up once they were born - they were all too rapped up in themselves. In fact Tina suffered as a child because of a lack love and yet was absent for much of the time out of her own children's lives despite this experience. I know it was difficult for Tina but there is no doubt that her own children suffered from a lack of attention and clearly effected her relationships with them right up to the end of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 3 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Made me know a different side of tina. The movie was great but not srtictly similar tp the book. Thanks
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