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Dominik Wichmann

Author of My Love Story

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Everyone has heard of Tina Turner, of course, and we think we know her story, but until her death last year, I never really listened to her albums or wanted to delve deeper into her life. I associated her with Cher and, to a lesser extent, Dolly Parton - talented women who broke free from personal or professional partnerships to forge their own careers and went from strength to strength. Now, after reading her captivating, co-written history of childhood poverty, abusive marriage, 'second act' rise to fame, happy second marriage and health battles in later years, I am completely in awe of the powerhouse that was Tina Turner. What an incredible yet level-headed woman, who deserved the very best; I'm glad she got to enjoy life.

People ask me, ‘Where do you get such strength?’ I tell them I was born with it. I’ve always been strong and independent. I had struggles, but I was also given the strength to endure them.

One thing I did know about Tina was that Ike was a hateful man who used Tina - the stage name he gave her (and registered as a trademark!), which was one of the few assets she took away from the marriage - but reading in detail about his treatment of her was painful. In the end, she ran for her life, with a pocketful of change in a strange city, and I'm so glad she did.

I love that Tina's idol was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, 'for her ability to project grace and control in any situation', and that she had a fangirl moment when she ran into the former First Lady in a hotel! I respect both women for the same reasons. Tina's love of Europe, especially after marrying German record exec Erwin Bach, is also another reason to love her - the woman had great taste!

Tina Turner's life was truly a roller coaster of extreme lows and incredible highs, right to the very end, but performed with great style and independence. Lots of famous names, from Mick Jagger and David Bowie to Beyoncé, but never any arrogance or boastfulness. Love her. Now I'm going to listen to her entire back catalogue!
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AdonisGuilfoyle | 6 other reviews | Jun 22, 2024 |
Tina Turner is an amazing woman. My Love Story chronicles the numerous hardships she endured and the amazing triumphs she achieved. Even during the darkest sections of her life, she rebounded and faced life with enthusiasm, energy, drive and purpose. An inspirational read, uplifting and fulfilling. I particularly enjoyed the sections wherein she met and performed with some of her musical heroes.
LordSlaw | 6 other reviews | Feb 24, 2024 |
Growing up in a home filled with music it’s no surprise that I grew up with Tina Turner. With her strong voice and vivacious attitude I always admired her talent, her style, that amazing smile, and those amazing legs! I fell in love with her and her music first but when I saw What’s Love Got To Do With It that admiration went through the roof. What she endured at the hands of Ike was beyond horrifying and I am so thankful that she was able to escape, and just down the street from where I grew up too!

Though I felt like I knew Tina after listening to her music and watching a movie based on her life, it wasn’t until I was able to listen to My Love Story on audiobook that I truly feel that connection on a deep, visceral level. I loved that this was Tina telling her story. There is no better authority of a tale than ones own voice and though I know the narrator’s voice did not sound like Tina’s I still felt like it was her speaking much of the time. The narrator’s inflection and overall vibe while telling Tina’s story was spot on, so I must give a huge shoutout to the narrator.

When I pressed play I pretty much didn’t stop until I had listened to the entire story in one day. I felt a sense of nostalgia when Tina talked about her various collaborations with 80’s rockers as the music landscape during that time was a huge part of my childhood. In many ways I feel like I grew up with Tina Turner and her going back in time also sent me back in time. I am thankful that she didn’t overly embellish when she was talking about her years with Ike, but listening to what she went through was still so incredibly hard to hear. She was such a strong and loving woman and it hurt so much to hear about everything she had to endure.

I wish Tina didn’t have to have such a hard life but I am so grateful that her last years were filled with love and everything her heart desired. I cried when I heard that she had passed away like I had lost a dear friend. She will be forever missed as I don’t think there will ever be another like her. I am thankful that she poured her heart out on these pages and I am glad I finally got a chance to hear it.
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cflores0420 | 6 other reviews | Nov 23, 2023 |
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.

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.

Tina Turner, the long-reigning queen of rock n' 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.

Even though the chapters were read by Heather Alicia Simms. I could hear Turners voice and her honest thoughts, emotions, feelings in her own words. Singing was both a form of expression and a source of comfort for Mrs. Turner, which exemplifies why she was so good at her craft. Ike Turner nicknamed “Pistol Whippin’” was an angry and unpredictable man with an infamous dark side. Like Tina, many of Ike’s struggles began at birth. When he was a boy, he watched his father die a slow, painful death. When he was older, he had a hard time at school. he was embarrassed about his lack of education and his poor manners. Success would be his revenge. Ike Turner was verbally abusive, then became physically abusive and controlling. Their relationship was defined by abuse and fear, no love or affection, and stifling of her creativity. She described sex with Ike had become an expression of hostility. Eventually, Ike turned to drugs and alcohol and formed an addiction, habit.

Often times while on the road touring in the southern states, the revue had to deal with racial tensions, and blatant discrimination. In the music industry there was rejection from the US when their music was widely accepted in the UK, such as “River Deep-Mountain High” written by Phil Spector in 1966. Which ultimately led to Tina’s love for the UK, and an intro into psychics, readers, and later turning to Buddhism, meditation prayer, and cleaning was a form of therapy. Later as Ms. Turner resided in Europe, and had homes in England, Germany, France, and Switzerland.

Tina was amongst celebrities, such as Jaqueline Onassis Kennedy, her idol, Sammy Davis Jr, whom bought her first Jaguar,
Ann-Margret Olsson, a fan of Tina Turner, Cher after she divorced Sonny and appeared on her show as a solo artist, Bob Mackie, the fashion designer who designed her costumes.

Her meeting with Erwin Bach, her future husband was magical, love-at-first-sight. She was free to love and love she did, with Erwin.

Turner was a caring, nurturing, and optimistic woman who created lifetime friendships while endured the worst of times and found a love story all her own, by
enjoying artistic freedom and commercial success. I saw her as a beautiful woman, young and aged, who radiated beauty, class, talent, and happiness while gracing the cover of magazines, such as Vogue. She will always be my idol!

I thought the co-authors and Tina Turner did a wonderful job with the writing of this book, I was very surprised to see all the pictures from within the book also at the end of the ebook with explanations and index references that you can click on to take you back to those subjects within the book. I bounced back and forth between audio (which was well done by the narrator) and the ebook.
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DonnasBookAddiction | 6 other reviews | Jul 7, 2023 |


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