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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 and 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 30 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.

©2017 Bruce Dickinson (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Great read...or listen

More reasons to respect the man are contained within the pages of this book. Excellent and inspiring read. “Nothing in childhood is wasted.” Simply inspired work.

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  • Michael
  • MADISON, WI, United States
  • 11-15-17

Iron Maiden Still Rules The World

If you think heavy metal is dead, think again. Bruce Dickinson tells his story of his life as the front man for Iron Maiden and all that goes into it. Including playing in front of crowds 250 thousand strong! (Try that you banjo-playing, whistling hipsters).
He also ties in his growth of becoming an airline captain, a script writer, a fencer, and obviously an author. Bruce is full energy and inspiration and his writing nothing less than brilliant. I recommend the audio book for anyone with a taste for metal. What delivery!

666 Stars!

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Not what I expected yet interesting and insightful

If you’re looking for all the dirty details of a rock star’s life you won’t find it here. However, what you will find are interesting tales from a renaissance man. It was quite refreshing!! Dickinson’s reading was superb so much so I’d love to hear him read other books.

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Please Tell me Bruce is working on a 2nd book!

Great storytellers are to be cherished -the more years that pass by the more you recognize the great ones. Bruce takes you into a common English home of the 1960's and you feel like you spent a year in one of his family's many living rooms. From the studios of the Beast recordings to the experience of Auschwitz then surviving Sarajevo all the way through the return of the Maiden Machine and all his endeavors you just want more stories and insight. For many of us we saw the greatness -as a singer, entertainer -now we see the greatness of a good decent person -an inspiration. You don't have to be a Maiden fan -these stories transcend all genres of music and take you on one great story!

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fantastic

love that the audiobook is read by the man/myth/legend!! highly recommend this book to iron maiden fans!!

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A must for Iron Maiden fans

Bruce is an amazing storyteller, and a fascinating character. From singing to flying, he has stories that kept me listening with excitement until I ran out of book.

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Revealing, Entertaining, & Inspiring

well written account of a fascinating life in rock and roll and aviation. I often wondered after watching Flight 666 how Bruce found his way into the cockpit of a 757. Highly recommended.

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Bruce is a true Renaissance Man

Most anyone who reads / listens to this knows of Bruce’s accomplishments. What a great narrator. I can’t imagine this having been read by anyone else, nor would reading the book on my own have done it justice.

Fabulous autobiography ! Up the Irons!!

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Bruce delivers you the theatre of the mind!

Having him read his own book brings such an amazing dimension to the stories held within. Listening to the stories of how Iron Maiden came to be what they are and the life they lived is amazing.

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Great book

Great book. very entertaining. I have been a fan of Bruce Dickinsons since I can remember and I still am. Very well written and hearing the author narrate is always great. I just wish it had been longer

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