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Magazine extract featuring Tina Turner

Rollin’ on the River

Tina Turner - Ebony Magazine - May 1971 - Cover

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.

 

T.T & The Jets

Tina Turner Jet MagazinesWhen you have had such a rich and long career as Tina Turner, being on the front cover of magazines and giving the public glimpse of your private life is an unfortunate part of the deal. Unfortunate for the artists but of course, a delight for the fans. Starting with her early career with Ike Turner to her rise to superstardom as a solo artist, Jet magazine, and her sister publication Ebony have followed Tina’s evolution and featured stories (of sometimes questionable taste) about her current work at the time and of her private life. One of my all-time favorite TINA magazine covers will always be this dramatic prophetic one entitled ‘ Trouble Trails Tina Turner’ published by Jet in 1976.


Published in small digest-sized format from its inception in 1951, Jet printed in all or mostly black-and-white until its December 27, 1999 issue. In 2009, Jet’s publishing format was changed; it was published every week with a double issue published once each month. Johnson Publishing Company published the final print issue, June 23, 2014, continuing solely as a digital magazine app. In 2016, Johnson Publishing sold Jet and its sister publication Ebony.

In 1986, Tina Turner and her life and music were the centers of the universe, Jet covered that special era in Tina’s career with an interview focusing on Tina’s biography and her violent history with Ike.


Jet contained fashion and beauty tips, entertainment news, dating advice, political coverage, health tips, and diet guides, in addition to covering events such as fashion shows. The cover photo usually corresponds to the focus of the main story. Some examples of cover stories might be a celebrity’s wedding, Mother’s Day, or a recognition of the achievements of a notable African American. Many issues are given coverage to show the African-American community that if they want to reach a goal, they have to be willing to work for it.

Back in 1997, Tina was heavily touring and promoting the gigantic Wildest Dreams Tour and appeared once again on the cover of Jet! More powerful and happier than ever, the star evokes her current world tour, her life between France and Switzerland and much more.

 

Rock & TINA

A special treat for the French speaking readers (and they are many) of the TINA blog with this 1993 story featured in French Rock & Folk magazine. From her humble beginning to having a biopic made of her life at the age of 54, the article cover Tina’s career and also features an interview with Ike Turner. A very interesting read, sorry for not doing an English translation of it but as you can see the article is very long and unfortunately I don’t have much time to spend on translations these days… However if anyone feels like doing the dirty job and share it with all the fans, please feel free! Enjoy!

Thunder Dame

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TINA about Mad Max shooting:

‘But I learned a lot, and I loved working with Melvin. He hates that name, but that’s what I call him, because he reminds me so much of one of my sons. He also reminds me my Ikettes’

Tina Turner featured on the cover of the July 1985 issue of US magazine ‘People’. A fun and candid interview where Tina talks about her comeback, the release of the upcoming Mad Max movie, her life with Ike and how it feels to be single at 44 and much more.

Serena is Tina!

From one Queen to the other! Uploaded a few hours ago on Youtube an awesome tribute to Tina from World’s N°1 Female Tennis player, Serena Williams! Channeling her own Tina Turner during the July 2016 cover shoot of Glamour magazine, Serena shows some really great moves and her legs kinda ring a bell huh!? Anyway always nice to see clin d’oeil to Tina from people of that caliber and talent! And of course, everybody knows that those ladies really are Simply the Best!

“The secret of my great good looks”

Tina Turner - Wildest Dreams Tour Report - Boulevard Magazine 1996 - Cover

“I keep trying to retire. I’ve been working for 36 years now. I asked Roger to announce my retirement after my last tour ended in 1991, but he kept the stage, he kept the lights and he kept the costumes in case i “changed my mind”. He says if i ever stop working, i’ll get really old overnight. He’s probably right.”

It’s been a while since we’ve uploaded rare magazines scans from the Tina Turner Blog’s vault so today it’s time for a new entry! A great report and interview behind the scenes of the Wildest Dreams World Tour back in 1996. Follow a day in the life of Tina on tour in Sheffield UK, in her hotel room, rehearsing before showtime, inside the diva’s dressing room… Great photos and candid interview where Tina is asked about her breathtaking appearance for a then 57 years old rock legend but also about her sons, her faith and a lot more. High quality scans of the magazine inside the article. Enjoy!

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New TINA Interview (2014)

Tina Turner  Schweizer Illustrierte 2014

Great News! Tina Turner is making the cover of this month issue of  Swiss magazine “Schweizer Illustrierte”. She gave the newspaper a new interview but the photo used are recycled from last year Vogue issue. Still, a very candid, fun Questions/Answers interview where Tina talks about her life in Switzerland, her house, music and being the new face for Swisscom app IO!

 Translation inside the post! Big thanks to Anja!

(C) Schweizer Illustrierte
(C) Schweizer Illustrierte – 2014

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Rumor has it (Part 1)

Unknown magazine article (4) - Germany - 1985 - 02

When you have been under the spotlight for as long as Tina Turner, billions of things have been written about you. Your words (or not most of the time) have been translated in all kind of languages, creating stories from nothing, making headlines, selling papers. But beyond that, you also have concert reviews from professionals and more serious face to face interviews. Since we’ve been following Tina for so many years, we collected a lot of newspapers cut, some were send by friends, some comes from our personal collection. It is not always easy to find a right place for them in certain articles. So today we inaugurate a new series of posts entitled “Rumor has it’ and it will features various Tina Turner newspapers cuts, magazines scans from every country and era possible. Contributions are more than welcome! Enjoy!

Once again, when you are in the gallery, click ‘View Full Size” at the bottom right of the screen to be able to read them! 

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“I will make Tina happy” says Erwin

Normally, we are not too fond of all kinds of gossip magazines, but today , since the wedding between Erwin Bach and Tina Turner happened a couple months ago, we’ll make an exception: if only for the rare photos. In this 1988 article that appeared in a British tabloid magazine, Tina speaks candidly about her then still young relationship with Erwin. She also talks about her relationship with, and attitude towards men, both on stage and off. Continue reading for the full article.

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Baby, She’s A Star!

In 2000, Tina Turner was part of an advertisement campaign for Target, a chain of stores in the United States. Target was the sponsor of the second American leg of her 2000 Twenty Four Seven world tour. Besides shooting a television commercial, a 7-track album was also released, exclusively available in Target shops, called All That Glitters. The album featured two live tracks, 4 greatest hits songs, as well as a new recording: a cover of Prince’s Baby, I’m A Star. The song was already performed by Tina’s backing vocalists on the first two legs of the Twenty Four Seven tour, and for the promotional campaign, Tina recorded a solo version, produced by long-time musical collaborator and keyboard player Ollie Marland. The song was also featured in the commercial. Continue reading for an overview of the Target campaign: the song Baby, I’m A Star, as well as two alternative cuts that were used on television, scans of the All That Glitters album, a video of the television commercial, and scans of the interview that Tina did with Target magazine, that was available for free in the stores.

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