When Tina Turner's autobiography I, Tina was published, Ike Turner found himself accused of years of serial adultery, drug addiction and domestic violence and was shunned by his music business peers and a whole generation of music fans. Following what he himself calls his "15-year party" in which he slipped into a downward spiral of narcotics abuse and self-hatred, he eventually hit rock bottom and ended up behind bars.
Now he's back and ready to tell his own story. From his childhood in the racist depths of the Deep South, where he lost his virginity at the age of six to a middle-aged neighbour and then married "eight or nine times" before he met Little Anne Bullock--the woman he renamed Tina--and accompanied her on the path to superstardom before the rot really set in, Ike Turner has certainly led one hell of a life.
This autobiography perhaps tells us little that we didn't already know about the man who became more famous for beating up a superstar than for his own work, but it does give Ike the opportunity to come clean about the reputation that has dogged him for so many years and proves that he is ready to make amends and face up to whatever the future may hold.An extraordinary, fascinating and, indeed, sensational book about an extraordinary, fascinating and, indeed, sensational life, Takin' Back Time is a classic rock autobiography that certainly does not try to excuse the man from his past actions, but instead goes some way to explaining them. --Susan Harrison