I had been waiting for years for BDMUSIC, a French publishing company, to release the story of Ike & Tina on comics for years. With previous releases about Nat King Cole, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez it was predictable that Tina’s story would see the light of the day on such format at some point. The book is divided in 2 parts, the comics part in itself (28 pages) and a biography (both in French and English) together with a 2CDs set of Ike & Tina music from 1960 to 1962 and 1968 to 1969.
If the drawings are pretty well made and the book in itself looks nice, the content isn’t as good as fans could expect from such a release. The story told is more inspired from the movie ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ than from Ike or Tina personal biographies. So there’s a few inaccuracy in the story but I guess that’s wasn’t the aim of the author. Benoit Bonte tells the story of the notorious couple through big events of their life together, such as their meeting in St Louis, Tina’s first step on stage, life at home, the recording of River Deep Mountain High and the final split.
Having previously written comics on Jerry Lee Lewis & Howlin’ Wolf, Benoit Bonte has clearly a soft spot for Ike and for once, the rock’n’roll genius that he is, is not portrayed in a too devilish way. Concerning Tina, she seems quite transparent in the story, some lack of depth from her character, some inaccuracy and the slang language makes it hardly believable.
All in all, a huge expectation from the moment I heard this would come out and a small disappointment. The two CDS accompanying the book are also a letdown. The audio is correct but nothing exceptional and the tracklist is kind of surprising with songs such a River Deep or Proud Mary missing. But of course it is still a nice object for all the fans to add to your collection so if you feel like ordering it follow the link!
Great surprise today with a first sneak peek behind the scene from TINA, The Musical! Opening in 2018 in London. Are you excited?! We are!
Rehearsals are still in progress, TINA The Musical will hit London’s West End in 2018. Get all the latest info on the musical via their Twitter & Facebook.
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It’s a picture we would like to see more often: TINA in a recording studio! Taken last December in Zurich, Tina looks radiant and appears very concentrated on her message! But don’t get your hopes too high, Miss Tina isn’t recording a new rock album, she is just putting her voice again on a few tracks for the upcoming Beyond album due to be released later this year. Apart from that, it’s been very quiet lately, TINA, The Musical is still in development and the first newsletter should arrive soon! Until then here’s a couple of new photos posted by the musical team on social networks.
From the archives and by special request, here is a scan of Ebony magazine featuring TINA in date of May 2000. Follow the Queen of Rock for a special tour of her (former) amazing villa on the French riviera and for an intimate talk about her lover and her Millenium Tour.
Interview: Hedda Moye & Robyn Foyster
Photos: Richard McLaren
Click here to read the coverage of TINA by Ebony magazine from 1996!
A new musical based on music legend Tina Turner’s life story is now in development:
“To me this is big, this is what will get people’s attention, and in order to make it as good as possible I must be involved”.
Tina pictured with director Phyllida Lloyd and Adrienne Warren who performed the role of Tina Turner at the recent workshop of the musical. Get closer to Tina’s journey, sign up now!
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Phyllida Lloyd – Tina Turner – Adrienne Warren
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Tina Turner in London, TINA The Musical Workshop – December 2016
We talked about it for months (even decades among TINA Titans) and today it is finally official! TINA The Musical, will hit London’s West End in 2018. A special website has been launched for the occasion: TINA The Musical. Check it out & subscribe to the mailing list!
Moreover, here is a message from TINA herself:
We have been working on the musical for over a year now and today I am delighted to be able to share our news as we begin the next chapter of our journey. It has been wonderful to collaborate with Katori and Phyllida and to have my story nurtured by such an amazing creative team is thrilling. London has always had a very special place in my heart and it’s wonderful to be back.
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UPDATED DECEMBER 2016. READ TINA THE MUSICAL OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT HERE
Exciting news for all TINA fans, Joop Van Den Ende, the producer of the TINA Musical, confirmed that workshops for the Musical will start on December 16 of this year and that the Musical will premiere in London in 2018! We can’t wait to know more about this and of course to experience it! See you all there!
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Later this month, Miss Tina Turner will turn 77! Throughout her life and career, she showed the world that despite life’s turmoil and challenges, you and only yourself are in control of your fate. And if you are smart enough to clearly understand the rules of the Universe, you can be in full control and like Tina live a happy and healthy life.
So today, here’s 5 tips that we learned from Tina to improve your being. And trust us, There Is No Alternative…
1 – STAY AWAY FROM DRUGS
If the Gypsy, the Acid Queen herself tells you that a life free of drugs is essential to develop your well being you better trust her. Having a clear mind in every circumstances is a ‘sine qua non’ condition to enlighten your being. And you can spend the money you don’t use on drugs on things you like, like clothes!
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How does Nutbush looks like in 2016!? Taking you beyond Tina Turner’s footsteps with this report from the 2016 Tina Turner Heritage Days in Nutbush with fans from all over the world!
From the TINA art unveiling to the concert and inside the church where little Anna Mae used to go, experience the South and the annual Tina Turner Heritage Days.
A truly amazing weekend, you read all about it here and now you can watch all about it! Enjoy!
With – Dashon Jones – Larry Edwards – Donovan Marcelle – Luisa Marshall – Samira Tina – Anja Offermann – Cindy Vandenbussche – Laurel Hudgens Herring – Quateisha Jackson – Teri Toeun – Fiona Elliott – Linda Benedict – Lucas Alexander – Billy Hardin – Ronnie Pierce – Eric Henry – Donna Harper Graeff – Sonia Outlaw-Clark – Robbie Montgomery – Rhonda Graam and many more!
By Ben – Filmed in 4K.
From left to right: Billy, Donovan, Ben & Dashon
First, I must apologize for not reporting sooner on the 2016 Tina Turner Heritage Days but it is always difficult to write about an event that turned out to be some sort of life changing experience. It was a journey I had been looking forward to for years and after two weeks on the road with fellow TINA fan Dashon, time was finally there to discover the Tina Turner Museum and of course Nutbush, the lil’ old town in Tennessee.