A long-awaited memoir from the larger-than-life, multifaceted lead vocalist of Iron Maiden, one of the most successful, influential and enduring rock bands ever.
Pioneers of Britain’s nascent Rock & Metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style, and stage presence of its second, but twice-longest-serving, lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. As Iron Maiden’s front man—first from 1981 to 1993, and then from 1999 to the present—Dickinson has been, and remains, a man of legend.
But OTT front man is just one of the many hats Bruce wears. In addition to being one of the world’s most storied and well-respected singers and songwriters, he is an airline captain, aviation entrepreneur, motivational speaker, beer brewer, novelist, radio presenter, and film scriptwriter. He has also competed as a world-class level fencer. Often credited as a genuine polymath Bruce, in his own words (and handwritten script in the first instance!), sets forth many personal observations guaranteed to inspire curious souls and hard-core fans alike.
Dickinson turns his unbridled creativity, passion, and anarchic humour to reveal some fascinating stories from his life, including his thirty years with Maiden, his solo career, his childhood within the eccentric British school system, his early bands, fatherhood and family, and his recent battle with cancer.
Bold, honest, intelligent and very funny, his memoir is an up-close look inside the life, heart, and mind of one of the most unique and interesting men in the world; a true icon of rock.
This book was excellent. One reviewer said that this was just rehashed stories compiled into one location. I say, crap! This audio was thoroughly entertaining especially since Bruce Dickinson read it. This actually renewed my interest in Bruce, his solo work and especially Iron Maiden! A must read (or rather listen to) for any Maiden fan! I cannot wait for the new book in April and hope that he doses that as an audio too! \m/ \m/
Pretty much everything he says in this book is information already avaliable from past interviews - with a bit of personal perspective mixed in. There is zero information about his personal life such as marriages, children, divorces and of course the "Nikki Sixx" issue. All of that is fine since no one is a fan of his based upon who he chose to marry. I couldnt care less over who his wife is or where they go on holiday. But what is really disappointing is that he offers no personal insight about joining Iron Maiden, leaving Iron Maiden and coming back again. He missed the opportunity to speak intelligently about his personal/work life balance, which could have been done without focusing on personal matters. He offers zero perspective beyond what is already known about him by the public. I suppose I can appretiate some of that because I dont care what a celebrity had for breakfast. But it would have been a much better book if he talked about some of the challenges between himself and the other members of Maiden, and how they as a band moved past such things. Instead the story is sterile and devoid of any real personal insight. Its not much more than a chronology of events focused on Maiden, with little first-person insight.
I just couldn’t stop reading!!!