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TINA, review: one of the most shocking, painful and triumphant stories in rock history

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While this is indeed the last act, the documentary packs a punch. Carefully produced, sometimes quite flashy and schmaltzy (as was, to be honest, Tina’s musical work), it nonetheless sinks into one of the most shocking, painful but ultimately triumphant stories in history. rock with real zest and fulfillment, and a determination to face the brutal truth. And it does it stuffed with fantastic music and the kind of raw, sweaty, sexy, heartfelt performances that will make you wish this amazing singer was still around, ripping stages around the world.

The facts of Turner’s life are well known, from books (including his successful 1986 autobiography I, Tina), movies (1993 biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It Made a Star of Angela Bassett) and even a recent hit musical (2018’s award-winning Tina was still running in the West End and Broadway before the pandemic). Growing up in poverty as Anna Mae Bullock in the cotton fields of Tennessee, she was unloved and abandoned by both parents, relying on the care of loved ones before impressing the group leader and pioneer precocious rock and roll Ike Turner with his vocals at 17.

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Ike renamed her Tina and made her a star (and Tina always manages a few kind words about the most rewarding phase of their relationship), but he also married her to keep control of his protege, beat her violently, sexually abused and essentially tortured her. and imprisoned her before she escaped after 20 years and several suicide attempts. “Maybe it was a good thing that I met him, that I don’t know,” asks Tina Turner, the oldest and wisest, as she reflects on how her life has turned out. finally unrolled. “It hurts to have to remember those moments.”

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Tina had to give up all rights to their past music (including her own autobiographical song, Nutbush City Limits) and turn into a hardworking entertainment cabaret artist just to pay the bills and support their children (four boys , of which only two). were Tina, but she all raised). The story might end there with a warm glow, but Tina’s story claims an incredible second act, perhaps the most extraordinary comeback in rock history, which saw her become a world superstar of several. million in sales and stage in the 80s, the middle one. an elderly female star of her stature in a notoriously sexist company.

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The documentary gives it all to a vivid life, bringing every point home with fantastic imagery and eye-opening interviews that have strong resonances with the current struggles of female artists in the music business. It includes raw, unpublished testimony from Tina’s 1981 interview with People magazine, in which she first revealed that she had been a victim of domestic violence, describing her life with Ike as “torture.” Some of these testimonials are hard to hear, including a graphic account of how he beat her with hangers until there were huge marks, then raped her, then ‘get me back on stage. and say ‘sing, you m * **********, because you made me do it. ”


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