Before the rise of #MeToo, the ongoing cascade of sexual-harassment accusations it set off, and the fetishization of victimhood, there was Tina Turner. A survivor in the truest sense of the word, one who escaped her husband’s brutal grip after 16 years of marriage, then turned around and re-invented her career, Turner is the subject of a riveting, artfully constructed new HBO documentary called, simply, Tina.

I first came upon Turner in the mid-1980s, when she was no longer performing with her husband Ike’s backup group and had started a solo career, going multi-platinum with her breakthrough album, Private Dancer. I was struck by her throbbing, singularly powerful voice, which seemed to suggest an ocean of experience kept just barely under control behind it.