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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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GET THIS BOOK!

I don’t usually leave reviews. There usually isn’t anything that gets me inspired enough to take up my energy to do it. However! This book. First, yes I am an Iron Maiden fan. I have been for years. I’ve always heard snippets of the man, the myth, the legend, known as Bruce Dickinson, but I felt he was more private than other “rockstars”. This book was tasteful, no drama filled nonsense in this one.. just who he is, where he comes from, and what it took to get there. He’s an inspiring individual and I found myself wanting to work at my own personal goals and to lose the “poor me” attitude that Bruce doesn’t seems to have. I can’t say enough positive words about this book. It’s rare for me to get sad when a book is complete, but I just wanted to keep hearing stories right from the man himself. Get..this...book!

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UP THE IRONS

Well written. Excellent job of narration, an actual adventure that kept me busy listening. I will definitely listen to this again.

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Loved it

What a great read. So well written with the English humour that so few can do.

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Great Read!

Loved this audiobook. Dickinson tells such a great story of his life, aviation,and Iron Maiden!

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This button do talk a lot about Rod Smallwood!

I am very disappointed with this book.
Does talk a lot about Rod Smallwood and roadies.
Very few stories about Iron Maiden and his relationship with Steve Harris.
He didn't even explain why he left Iron Maiden.
There was some funny parts and Bruce gave an incredible performance.
There was no revelations only facts and stories.
This was not a sex, drug & rock n' roll book at all.

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So well done!

I can't be sure, but I believe anyone would appreciate this book. I'm a huge rock and Iron Maiden fan so naturally enjoyed this. Bruce is so multi-faceted though, I think everybody can appreciate the story. And what a job at narration! He's so good.

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Larger than life, into real perspective.

I only ever thought of Bruce as the "front man". It is humbling to hear the "B side", and turn a childhood hero of mine, into more of a real person. Chapter 36 - 10:26.... Must be tea time ol' chap! See you in Oct 2022, Toronto!

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great story

Really enjoyed the look into his life. Definitely enjoyed the back seat ride! He had me laughing too

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Not just a metal bio

Although Bruce Dickenson is best known as the front man for Iron Maiden, I was easily 3 hours into his storytelling of his childhood and college years before he even mentioned the band. Over the course of the book you are treated to stories of learning competitive fencing, learning to fly airplanes, and his bout with throat cancer. Of course, there are amazing behind the scenes stories of songwriting, and touring, but they are intricately told by someone who could just as easily been a master storyteller as they are a singer.

When the 10+ hours of storytelling was done, I felt like he poured out a little of his life and shared it with me. Thanks for sharing with me Bruce

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Brilliant read and listen

I found this book to be very interesting. I was pulled in and couldn't stop listening to Mr. Dickinson. I found myself not wanting the book to end. Mr. Dickinson is a brilliant story teller. It was nice to read a book that was not filled with sexual conquests and bragging about one's self. I will most certainly read or listen to this book agian in the near future.

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  • Tami Mahaffey
  • 2017-11-03

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
  • 2017-11-15

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!

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  • Leigh Abril
  • 2017-11-08

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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  • Trisha W
  • 2017-11-14

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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  • Erik Madsen
  • 2017-11-06

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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  • Lenny
  • 2018-01-05

Brilliant!

So entertaining and well performed. Easily the most enjoyable audiobook I've heard. It made me an even bigger fan of both Bruce Dickinson and Iron Maiden.

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  • James Riley
  • 2017-11-07

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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  • Carlos Martinez
  • 2017-11-04

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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  • Sean Tingley
  • 2019-03-26

Witty

Bruce's British accent took a bit getting used to, he often rambles, goes off on tangents, and quickly changes the subject so it was a little difficult to follow at times.

Having said that, he's very witty, a good story teller (despite my aforementioned criticism), and overall this ended up being a very relaxing and enjoyable listen. It was kinda like hanging out with him in a pub having a few pints.

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  • A.B. Seattle
  • 2018-01-04

Excellent Overall - Scream For Me!

Excellently written and performed. I expected perhaps a bit more dirt but as Bruce himself states at the end of the book there was more material than one book would allow. Great insights into one of heavy rocks most Influential and charismatic frontman.

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