Unforgiven: The American Tragedy of Ike Turner


This re-printed article, posted at the Vibe web site, is quite a thoughtful piece about Ike Turner. I ran across it while searching for more details about his passing, but I could find nothing more other than this article and a short article that said Tina Turner would not be attending the funeral to pay her last respects to Ike. Her spokesperson said that Tina had not seen or spoke with Ike in 35 years and that the last time she did see him he acted out!

Oh well. This is a good read. Enjoy.


December 14, 2007 @ 2:27 pm
Unforgiven: The American Tragedy of Ike Turner
by: Ann Marlowe

Written ten years before the rock genius passed, this feature from VIBE’s June/July 1998 issue would prove prophetic. One man’s redemption.

When people talk about rock ‘n’ roll, they talk about Chuck Berry, they talk about Little Richard, and they leave the main man out… Ike Turner was the innovator for rhythm and blues and for rock ‘n’ roll. To me, Ike is one of the most underrated entertainers in the world. – Little Richard, 1997

Well, I learned a lesson / to treat my loved ones right/ ‘Cause there’s nothing but troubles and heartaches / When you fuss and fight. – Ike Turner, “Troubles and Heartaches,” 1952

If Ike Turner were to die today, most people would remember him as the cartoonish villain of 1993’s What’s Love Got to Do with It. Few people recall that in 1991, while in jail for a coke rap, Ike was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Like many other black American geniuses, Turner has been written out of the history he helped create.

The entire article is here.

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