I Am Not A Book Review By: Eric Blair
Good Day There,
I usually share my thoughts and times in my life but today I figured it’s time for a change up. So, this week I am going to share with you guys a very interesting but good book I have been reading, “Ike Turner’s Autobiography: The Man, The Hand, and The Band” by Eli C. Briar. This is an excellent book because it tells the other side of the story between Ike and Tina. Reading this book have shown me elements of Ike’s genius side over the media hype. The material for this book was collected from Ike Turner before his death in December of 2007. The author has really captured Turner as more as of a common man over the infamous Rock star. The way the author has wrote this book I feel as if Ike is having a direct conversation with me over the author telling me about Ike Turner’s life. The book really goes indepth about Ike’s relationship with Tina, his other wives, his children, and his love for music. By the end of the book I am afraid to say but I can understand Ike’s vision much clearer; more than a woman beater but as a well rounded man. He was actually an intelligent, dogmatic at times, very talent, and funny man. This is a good book to check out; I am going to leave you guys with a page from his autobiography.
Chapter three, page sixty-four from Ike Turner’s Autobiography: The Man, The Hand, & The Band:
“You know they’ll probably start working on my movie sometime…They are doing a complete movie of my life story. It will not be based on any negativity. It will be more about my life, from a kid, how I came up and why I came through. A lot of people believe that the movie (What’s Love Got to Do with It?) is the true story, that Tina did. I don’t wanna debate on Ike & Tina, but I have to say this one thing…That movie was the biggest lie, and even Tina said that it’s a lie. And she don’t like the movie. But she started put gas on the fire by supporting it. I’m not gonna try to defend, or undo what’s been done. All I could say about whatever’s been done, it’s been done, and it’s water under the bridge. I have no regrets of my life. Either accept people for what they are, or don’t. So, in other words, man, if people don’t know me, I think they do them self an injustice. Because, as a whole, I think I’m a good person. But you know what, Walt Disney got away with portraying me in the light that they were portraying me in. I have always been a fighter, so…But I have no regrets, man. It’s just like God brought me through the drugs, I know he’ll bring me through anything else in life. ‘nough of Tina and Hollywood, let’s talk about music. I used to write songs so fast like this, like snapping my fingers. Some of them didn’t even have a title, for I just did the song. Like in the early ’80’s me and Rick James done a song together called “Booty Meat.” It was a great session; we completed that song in two and half hours. But the red tape from our labels wouldn’t allow us to put out the song. Ha, well life goes on. Most music today really isn’t my thing. I respect these artists growth as in income wise and star status but today’s music isn’t like back in the day. Most times, people have some acts that they really like. I mean, I don’t have any in particular that I admire. I admire them all, you know. Hey, they’re making millions and billions these days. In those days, man, in the ’50’s, Black people in the South…We didn’t recognize contracts that much. And we didn’t recognize marriages that much, either. Ha! Besides contracts and millions I was cheated of, I believe I was ahead of my time.”