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Ike Turner: King of Rhythm Hardcover – 1 Oct 2003

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The Do-Not Press (1 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904316247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904316244
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 2.5 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,650,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you don't know a lot about Ike Turner this is a good introduction. I don't know how many people realise that Ike Turner was such a major player in the development of R&B way before his commerical success with Tina. I had read quite alot about Ike before seeing the contraversial film about Ike and Tina Turner. I don't think that you have to like the guy to appreciate his contribution. This book is a very objective view, well written and the right amount of detail. The discography is extensive. It makes you want to read more about Ike.
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This book is worth a read certainly, but maybe not paying full price for, as I did. Similar to the Gene Vincent volume from the Do Not Press it is a nice looking, pretty short, big print book, with 110 pages of it being an thorough discography.

This didn't bother me, as I specifically wanted to get a scope of what 50s RnB hits Turner plays on, and the list runs to about 70 sides. I wish Collis had covered this period of Turner's life in more detail in the main text, only 70 pages are devoted to his pre-Tina life. Turner himself seems a mysterious man, I was hoping this book would separate the fact from the fiction a bit more. However when I saw two of the main sources referenced seem to be Turner's own autobiography, the 1999 'Takin' Back My Name' and Tina Turner's 1986 autobiography, my heart sank as I suspected this was going to be the same information trotted out that I can get from other places. There aren't any new interviews here, just a collection of material, but Collis does a good job of fashioning it into a coherent and well-written chronology.

Ike, like many musicians of his era, was I suspect a shameless self-mythologizer, a fabricator and a joker. Though he was quite consistant in his stories over the years, the details change slightly in different interviews, and I think some of them would bear closer scrutiny. Surprisingly, unlike a lot of other music icons, his claims never seem to have been challenged much, with everything taken pretty much at face value.
I would like greater scrutiny given to stories such as the one that his father was beaten and left for dead by a white mob, then refused access to the white hospital.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classy, restrained work 30 Dec. 2011
By Phil Silverman - Published on
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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!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Modestly informative 18 Oct. 2011
By Mr. Kingfish - Published on
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This bio of Ike is OK, but doesn't add much new info if you've read Deep Blues or other bios of blues players. Ike was a major player in blues, which this book clearly delineates, and he shows up in the careers of many if not most of the major players: Muddy, Wolf, BB, Bobby, and of course Tina. I chose to read this rather than his autobiography because Ike is a musician, not a writer. Not sure whether I'd learn more from the auto-bio or not. All in all, a decent read, has a very good discography, and if you don't know much about the history of Ike Turner, a good place to start. No sugar coating. A reasonably honest appraisal of one of the most important blues artists who ever lived.
2.0 out of 5 stars The Short Story 29 July 2016
By T-Town Punk - Published on
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This book is far too brief, nearly 1/2 the book is Ike Turners discography which is a cool thing to have for collecting, but I wanted to know more of his life and musical history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived before expected! =) 8 April 2014
By Cathy Dyer - Published on
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My daughter needed this book for a huge presentation at school. It was awesome being able to locate it first of all and secondly it arrived early and the quality was great! Thanks again!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Myths are considered and realities profiled 4 Jun. 2004
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
When soul musician Ike Turner was nineteen, his band traveled to Memphis and predated Chuck Berry's auto songs with the winning Rocket 88. His musical achievements and life sky-rocketed afterwards, and John Collins tracks Turner's evolution and achievement in his fine biography Ike Turner: King Of Rhythm. Myths are considered and realities profiled in an excellent presentation.
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