TINA: ‘My Love Story’

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You read about it here a while ago and today it is confirmed! A sequel to Tina’s 1986 biography written in collaboration with Kurt Loder will see the light of day next year with the help of authors Dominik Wichmann and Deborah Davies. Atria Books confirmed the release of the new biography entitled ‘Tina Turner: My Love Story‘ and its release in October 2018, timed to the legend’s 60th year in music. The new biography will also be released as an audio-book by Simon & Schuster.


My Love Story is being described as a follow-up to Turner’s I, Tina, which was eventually adapted into the celebrated biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It starring Angela Bassett. Tina candidly examines her personal history and reveals her happiest – and darkest – hours. Emphatically showcasing Tina’s signature blend of strength, energy, heart, and soul, this is a thrilling memoir as compelling and entertaining as any of her greatest hits.

“My real story, in its entirety, has never been told. I wanted to talk candidly about the past and the present: finding love, my struggle with a previously undisclosed, life-threatening illness and, thankfully, today’s happy endings.“

Tina Turner: My Love Story will be published by Atria next October.

TINA’s Operation Oops

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If there’s is one thing in life that cheers me up, it is to hear Tina Turner’s laugh! It is deep, it is contagious and most of all, it is adorable! There’s been several video compilations made by fans of ‘TINA having fun’ on Youtube and I thought it would be amusing to come up with a new version of it! The title of the article and video is ‘TINA’s Operation Oops‘, in reference to the pre-Private Dancer era when Tina was touring small clubs after divorcing Ike. At that time, she even named her production company this way.

So it started as a video compilation of TINA’s laugh and it ended up being a 5 minutes crazy montage of random TINA’s interviews from the eighties up until now, in countries all over over the world. There’s hours of TINA material so be sure to subscribe to the blog for TINA’s Operation Oops – Part 2! Enjoy!

Rollin’ on the River

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In 1971, Ike and Tina Turner and their Revue were mainstream. Late in 1970, the band recorded their cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary”. The song was released the following January and became the duo’s best-selling single to date, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling well over a million copies, later winning them a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. The song’s parent album, ‘Workin’ Together’, became their most successful studio release, peaking at #25 on the Billboard 200.

The couple also toured Europe heavily, setting France on fire with a mythical concert at the Olympia or in The Netherlands with a show that would (years) later be released on DVD.
Later in 1971, a live album, Live at Carnegie Hall: What You Hear Is What You Get, was released, being certified gold in the U.S. That same year, they were reassigned to Liberty’s parent label, United Artists Records, after Liberty folded, releasing their later albums on United Artists.
With the money gained, Ike Turner built his own studio, Bolic Sound, a nightmarish maze of cameras, sex and cocaine where they would record the rest of their material.

 

TINA Blog Awarded

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Never in my wildest dreams would I ever thought of being awarded for the TINA Blog but it did happen earlier this week. After reaching the decisive level of 100,000 subscribers on Youtube a couple of months ago, the tech company sent this wonderful token called a Silver Play Button. Although I am totally aware that it is TINA’s work that is being recognized here, it is still an exciting moment for me and this would have never been possible without each and every one of you! So a big warm thank you for that! With now 130K subscribers on Youtube, 375K on Facebook and 8K on Twitter, the blog reaches more than half a million TINA fans around the globe. Let’s make it a million in the coming years!
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Moreover, you might have noticed that the TINA Blog layout changed recently. With new graphics, it has also been upgraded to a higher web plan and is now free of all commercials. The ads appearing before were generated by WordPress (who was the getting the money for it) but now they are gone. It has a cost of course, but nothing is too good for TINA and her fans!

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And finally, while our idol was turning seventy-eight last weekend, fans were once again gathered in Amsterdam for the 8th annual fans party. Both evenings were really successful and for our last year in the Dutch capital, the TINA Family got even bigger with the presence of a lot of newbies! We welcome them with Open Arms and hope to see even more new fans next year!
Next stop: London, where we will all meet again in March 2018 at the time of the opening of the new TINA Musical. Stay tuned for more information on this event soon!

Once again, a big Thank You to all of you for your support over the years, it fuels my enthusiasm to continue!
Love and Light to All! ❤️

And a personal message to Miss Tina: I can hand deliver (after 12am of course) the Youtube Award in Zurich under 24h!

Happy Birthday TINA

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November 26 is here! Time to celebrate the Queen of Rock and wish Miss Tina Turner a very happy and healthy 78 anniversary!
Fans from all over Europe are gathered in Amsterdam for the big celebrations organized every year and our party last night was fantastic again, I’ll report on that very soon!

Don’t forget today to join fans on Twitter & Facebook and use the hashtag #TINA78 to remind everyone that Tina fans still stand strong! In the meantime, you can also leave your Birthday Wishes to Tina in the comment section!

And since a birthday wouldn’t be complete without a present, here’s a little gift for the all the fans with this montage of TINA performing ‘Simply, The Best’ live in Arnhem, Holland back in 2009. The video montage is made from various performances from the tour and audio is from the concert on May 2nd, 2009 at the GelreDome in Arnhem!

TINA & ALAIA

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TINA & Azzedine Alaia by Peter Lindbergh

It is with sadness that we heard yesterday the passing of Franco Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaia at the age of 77. His seductive, clinging clothes were a massive success in the eighties and he was named by the media ‘The King of Cling’. Devotees included both fashion-inclined celebrities and fashionistas: Grace Jones (wearing several of his creations in A View to a Kill),  Raquel Welch, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Brigitte Nielsen, Naomi Campbell and of course our TINA.

After buying Alaia’s clothes in L.A, the Break Every Rule singer personally called him while in Paris and asked to meet him. The two would create an intimate relationship and he ended up designing some of Tina’s most memorable stage outfits as well as personal clothes.

And in memory of Mr. Alaia, here’s an audience recording of Tina performing ‘I Don’t Wanna Lose You’ live on June 28, 1990, at the Palace of Versailles in France. The quality of the recording is not the best, but what is funny about the track is Tina’s introduction:

“I’m gonna do this one for, my boyfriend. I call him Azzedine.”

 

TINA Musical Cast Unveiled

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TINA The Musical Cast

Opening Night on March 21st is already sold out and the cast for the most anticipated musical of 2018, TINA The Musical has been unveiled yesterday! In addition to Adrienne Warren who will star as TINA, we now know who will play the part of Ike, Zelma, Alline, Erwin, and Roger. Although Roger, Zelma, and Alline already entered the legend when portrayed in the 1993 Disney biopic ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’, it is the first time that Erwin, Tina’s husband, and Craig, her first son, will be characterized!  Also a big surprise in the cast with a part for Rhonda Graam, Tina’s longtime assistant and friend who will be played by Francesca Jackson.

Tina Turner and cast of TINA The Musical (2017)
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The rock ’n’ roll goddess has agreed to the casting of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith to play singer and music arranger Ike Turner, who controlled Tina physically, mentally and legally for 16 years, in the musical TINA, which previews at the Aldwych Theatre from March 21.

It might be painful having to watch him on stage, but I know he’s being played by an actor and he can’t hurt me

Tina worked closely with director Phyllida Lloyd, writer Katori Hall and producer Tali Pelman, the three main architects of the musical based on Turner’s turbulent years with her first husband and her years of freedom when she summoned the courage to walk out on Ike.

TINA, The Musical Cast:
Adrienne Warren: Tina Turner
Jenny Fitzpatrick: Tina Turner (Alternate)
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith: Ike Turner
Madeline Appiah: Zelma Bullock
Francesca Jackson: Rhonda Graam
Lorna Gayle: Grandma Georgeanna
Aisha Jawando: Alline Bullock / Ikette
Gerard McCarthy: Erwin Bach
Ryan O’ Donnell: Roger Davies
Kit Esuruoso: Craig Turner
Natey Jones: Richard Bullock / Raymond Hill
Tom Godwin: Phil Spector / Terry Britten

They are joined by ensemble members Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Keisher Downie, Jammy Kasongo, Sia Kiwa, Jason Langley, Kayleigh McKnight, Baker Mukasa and Tanisha Spring and swings Derek Aidoo, Gavin Alex, Edward Bourne, Candace Furbert, Hannah Jay-Allan and Rodney Vubya.

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TINA! Jawohl!

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After the release of Let’s Stay Together and the success of the Private Dancer album, Tina Turner took a new turn in her life and moved to Europe where a new found success was. First living in England then in Germany with the man who would become her husband some 20 years later, old Europe was embracing TINA’s resilience and comeback. New countries mean new languages and we’ve seen over the years that the Queen of Rock always seems embarrassed when she has to speak a foreign tongue in public. But there is one word that stroke TINA more than others, and that’s the German word, ‘Jahwohl’. 

TINA might have found the word sounded funny or perhaps it was a private sign to her new lover at the time but it became kind of stage gimmick that would never leave her. So you’ve probably never dreamed about it but there it is, your one minute of TINA’s yelling Jawohl! Enjoy!

An Overnight Sensation

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TINA Live at Wembley Arena – June 1987 (Rex)

Still celebrating the 30th Anniversary of TINA’s Break Every Rule World Tour with an upload this week of selected songs from Tina’s performance at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg, Germany on July 3rd, 1987.  An audience recording of good quality if you consider it was recorded 30 years ago! Singing David Bowie’s ‘Girls’ and ‘It’s Only Love’ with John Miles, this concert tour is interesting on many levels:  Tina performed in front of massive audiences in Europe and across the world, she sang certain songs she would never perform live again and unfortunately not that many footage of the Break Every Rule Tour have emerged. But let’s not lose hope to get our hands on more in the future and you can be sure you’ll find it on Tina Turner Blog! And if you want to get a better experience with the audio below, I would advice you to use headphones.

 Tonight, when I arrived I looked out and I saw so many people, I felt good! Thank You for coming!

Tina Live in Hamburg – What You Get is What You See – July 1987

Tina Live in Hamburg – Break Every Rule- July 1987

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