Another Amazon reviewer really nailed it..."a good place to start", although I would add, a good place to revisit. Mr. Collis' prose is positively poetic: the Inroduction, just a few pages, is pure inspiration (and loveof the blues).
Always refreshing to read about a Musical legend without the "tormented genius" underpinning - and without the deatils most of us know about, the horror, the violence. The author does not look for childhood, or social issues, to explain the appalling behavior of someone who should know better, an artist, presumeably more sensitive, thinking deeper, looking for resolution.
Seems like that "resolution" was mostly in the return to the C7 chord...and in Anna mae's/Tina's departure.
We have a very helpful discography of singles and albums, with catalogue numbers and release dates; but no sessionography. Still, the Historian will enjoy the parenthetical mention of when Ike was present on another's record, guitar and/or piano.
Little Richard fans will enjoy the kind of "mutual admiration society" between Richard and Ike, reported here. Richard not only wrote a long foreward to Ike's autobiography but says that Ike is the *original* innovator of the new music! While Collis says that Ike found in "Little Ann" - Tina - his own "Little Richard". There's a disc listed including Little Ann and so we have the connection.
Ike Turner, good singer, guitarist, piano player; great arranger-producer (not only of his group many other solo acts and groups). Turner may not be *the* originator...but he just might be Rock's first Cartographer!