My Love Story

My Love Story

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Tina Turner--the long-reigning queen of rock & roll and living legend--sets the record straight about her illustrious career and complicated personal life in this eye-opening and compelling memoir.

From her early years in Nutbush, Tennessee to her rise to fame alongside Ike Turner 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.

My Love Story is an explosive and inspiring story of a woman who dared to break any barriers put in her way. Emphatically showcasing Tina's signature blend of strength, energy, heart, and soul, this is a gorgeously wrought memoir as enthralling and moving as any of her greatest hits.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2018.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501198243
1501198246
Characteristics: 260 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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Tina Turner, the iconic and legendary singer, performer, songwriter, and actress, is best known for her high energy performances and hit songs such as Proud Mary, Private Dancer, Nutbush City Limits and Simply the Best.   Born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939 in Nutbush, TN, she was discovered by Ike Turner after a stand-out performance in an R&B club and later took on the stage name… (more)


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SFBookAddict
Mar 17, 2021

I've been a huge fan of Tina Turner since I first heard her sing "River Deep Mountain High" on the radio when I was a kid and watching he perform on Ed Sullivan Show in my teens. I read her first biography "I, Tina" when it first came out in 1986 and have seen her perform live three times. Thus I was most eager to read this new book as it would fill me in on what's been happening in her life since she met her current husband, Erwin Bach, and how the second part of her life has transpired. To be honest, I wasn't looking forward to reading about her first husband, the abusive Ike Turner again, however it was interesting to read what she had to say about him all these years later. Time always brings more perspective so in that regard I understand Ike more and why he did all those horrible things to her.

This is one of those books that is hard to put down. I read it quickly, hanging on every word she wrote. It was so satisfying to read how more successful she became, which is not an easy thing for any woman to do in her 40s and 50s. I doubt if any middle-aged female entertainer could make a come back today as Tina did all those years ago.

I also enjoyed reading how she got together with Erwin and her fairy-tale wedding to him when she was in her 70s. Her story of her recent serious medical illnesses were absolutely harrowing and it's truly a miracle she overcame them. But this woman has true grit and can conquer any river deep, mountain high. I love Tina even more, thanks to this book. A fabulous entertainer and human being and an incredible survivor. Brava!

If you're a Tina Turner fan or just curious about her, read this book. You will be glad you did. She tells her life in her words. What a gift.

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NadiaHathor
Oct 02, 2019

I've grown up listening to the soul riveting Music of Tina and have had the privilege of seeing her perform live, which was truly one of the many Joys of my Life thus far! Therefore, I'm pleased that she followed up her previous autobiography with a memoir about the second half of her Journey. It was lovely to better understand the events which led up to her first solo album, Private Dancer and the synchronicities which brought about meeting her Love, Erwin. As someone travelling the Spiritual Path, I would have appreciated hearing more about her experiences as a Chanter and Buddhist, which was only covered briefly and subtly. As well, there could have been some more depth offered to her fans and readers by sharing adroitly the lessons learned so far as a Woman. Definitely readable, informative and entertaining. Just could have been a little more reflective and profound.

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runningbeat
Jun 04, 2019

Tina does a good job telling her story. She tells about her trials, her triumphs, meeting the love of her life and marrying him 27 yrs later. She was faced with health issues and family tragedies. She finds grace and purpose in her darkest hrs. Her story is inspiring.

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pattyskypants
Jan 09, 2019

I wanted more. We ALWAYS want more from Tina. I remember seeing her in a concert at Brewer Fieldhouse in 1970 and I will never forget it. She's such a powerful performer it is difficult to let her be just a woman. That's what her current frailties are telling us now: she's just a woman. We all face difficulties as we age and she seems to be doing well spiritually if not physically. For a follow-up I watched the youtube interview done by Oprah with Erwin and Tina.

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lilypad_1
Dec 27, 2018

I enjoyed this book, it was a quick read as I skipped about 1/3 of it which was about her time with Ike. Her childhood was devoid of love so maybe that explains how she was vulnerable to his abuse. The last third of her book was interesting, about her new husband, her deepening Buddhist practice which she says has helped her through her problems and her health problems. Also interesting was how she gets into her performing persona, it seems like the day to day Tina is so different from how she is when she performs and she explains that. All around inspiring woman.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Nov 27, 2018

Tina Turner's birthday was yesterday (11/26). She is 79.

My Love Story is different from I, Tina. Ms. Turner is older and wiser and gives readers the benefit of decades of candid introspection. I was sad to learn how drastically her health has declined since her marriage to Erwin Bach.

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mugglez
Oct 29, 2018

Enjoyed it, it was a quick read. However I didnt feel Tina was really sharing much new. At least 1/2 the book was yet about Ike. there wasn't anything too exciting about the other half.

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NadiaHathor
Oct 02, 2019

"Oprah sat next to a woman at one of my Wildest Dreams concerts who confided, "I came because I was looking for the courage to leave the man who beats me. Tonight, I found that courage." Oprah told me, "You don't just dance and sing. You represent possibility. When people see you performing, they know you've come up from the depths of despair. It means that however down a woman is, she can be like you." David Bowie used to call me a "phoenix rising from the ashes." I know it sounds corny, but when he said it, it was pure poetry, and his words truly expressed the feelings I had inside. For anyone who's in an abusive relationship, I say this: nothing can be worse than where you are now. If you get up and leave, if you rise from the ashes, life will open up for you. But you have to do it your way. You know, I've liked my life the only way I knew how, and good has come of it. I never imagined having an impact on anyone else..." Chapter 8

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