At 81, Tina Turner quietly reflects on her “imperfections and all” in a telling new autobiography replete with photographs that illustrate her many choices for fashion and artistic expression.
In “That’s My Life,” the Queen of Rock n’ Roll reflects on growing up in Nutbush, Tennessee, and how her hometown became an escape from the harsh realities of her life.
“I was the child who always had scraped knees and tousled hair because I climbed trees and rolled in the grass,” the “Private Dancer” singer writes. “As an adult, I wanted my clothing to reflect that free spirit and keep it alive. Leather, feathers, silk, and other natural fibers – metals, stones and gems make me feel at one with the natural world I love.”
Turner’s life story, as chronicled in the 1993 blockbuster “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” remains well documented. The unspeakable battering and sexual assault besieged upon her by her former husband, Ike Turner, raised eyebrows within the music industry. It also secured Tina Turner a new generation of adoring fans because of what she overcame.
Now, Tina Turner’s newest book attempts to focus more on her and not the terror heaped upon her during her 18-year marriage to Ike.
The 320-page hardcover book captures Turner’s vast shoe collection and wigs. It contains quotes from people like Mick Jagger and Oprah Winfrey while chronicling her many collaborations, performances and what she calls her defining moments.
Turner writes that she “became stronger, more confident, happier, loved,” capturing her three-decade romance with German music executive Erwin Bach, who she married in 2013.
“I wanted to create an atmosphere of mutual respect. I never dressed to appeal to the men in the audience,” Turner told NBC News this month. “I wanted to show women that it was possible to look glamorous and exciting without being immodest — that I enjoyed looking good in a way that was joyous and celebrated my femininity without exploiting it.
“I often had three generations of fans at my concerts — grandmothers, mothers and fathers, teenagers and children,” she said. “I wanted everyone to feel comfortable because it was all about having a good time together.”