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An Autobiography
Written by: Bruce Dickinson
Narrated by: Bruce Dickinson
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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!

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

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Bruce Dickinson is as always, amazing!

a great autobiography of an amazing life that still has so many great stories to accumulate

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awesome performance and story.

Bruce is a amazing guy abs had a amazing life this is a must. very entertaining and very glad I listened.

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Great book

I really enjoyed this book. I learned a lot more than I thought I knew about Bruce.

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A Must Listen!

Every day I drive an hour to work and then back home in the evening. Its usually a quiet, uneventful drive. However, the last several days my co-pilot has been the one-and-only Bruce Dickinson and each morning I have looked forward to jumping into the car, and hitting the road. Mr. Dickinson has a great voice for singing and as it turns out, reading too! He has told me the story of his life with humour and emotion making me laugh and a few times reminding me of our collective humanity and the various affronts it has suffered (e.g. 9/11, Sarajevo) and how music has played a part in helping us overcome.

As we drove through the Manitoba countryside he regaled me with tales of his musical exploits bringing back the memory of the first time I saw him, Iron Maiden and Eddie in the old Winnipeg Arena opening (or more like co-headlining) with the Scorpions. I learned about some of the back story of other bands and performers I have wanted to learn more about without getting buried in a lot of self-aggrandizing or back stabbing popular with some other writers in this genre.

As an educator who believes that a positive mindset is key to most everything I was impressed to learn about Bruce's passion for fencing and expanded what I sort of knew about his flying career. He never stops learning - the exact message we try to impart to our students (and peers).

Thank you for this book. I loved it cover to cover! I really appreciated that he can tell a story (with opinions) without crapping on people he knew or parading out sordid personal details that were not germane to the story he was telling. That in of itself makes this a superior rock and roll story! How's that go? Don't bore us - get to the chorus! Its a tight well written book!

And thank you Audible for including this book in your selection!

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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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Excellent!

Very entertaining book. A bit of a surprise that he chose not to talk about his adult family life but his epilogue explains it. He has led an extremely interesting life and you wouldn’t have to be an Iron Maiden fan to enjoy it.

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  • Michael
  • MADISON, WI, United States
  • 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!

666 Stars!

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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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  • Leigh Abril
  • Tucson, Arizona, US
  • 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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  • 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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  • Trisha K Pelzel
  • 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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  • 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
  • kearny, nj United States
  • 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. Bassler
  • USA
  • 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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