Episode #29 | 4.2.19

Ike and Tina Turner: The Inventor and the Queen of Rock ‘N’ Roll

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Ike Turner very well may have invented rock ‘n’ roll and his wife, Tina Turner, one of the most electrifying entertainers to ever take the stage may have ascended to icon status but the couple’s road to the top was anything but smooth. It was rough and violent. Ike Turner for all of his talent as a musician was abusive and heavily addicted to cocaine and in the end did everything he could to bring his wife down with him. This is the story of the couples rise, Ike’s ultimate demise and Tina’s triumph.

Extra Credit

This episode was co-written with Ellen Thibault. Editorial and writing assistance by Pat Healy.


Rolling Stone: Tales of Ike and Tina Turner

People Magazine: Soul Star on Ice

SPIN: Ike’s Story

SPIN: Ike Turner, Why I Beat Tina

New York Times: Four Year Sentence for Ike Turner

My Love Story: Tina Turner

I, Tina: Tina Turner with Kurt Loder

Disgraceland is a podcast about musicians getting away with murder and behaving very badly. It melds music history, true crime and transgressive fiction. Disgraceland is not journalism. Disgraceland is entertainment. Entertainment inspired by true events. However, certain scenes, characters and names are sometimes fictionalized for dramatic purposes.


Score by Jake Brennan. 

Mixed and Engineered by Sean Cahalin.

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