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Autobiographies of musicians are usually of limited interest to those who are fans of the musician or band. I will confess this much and so probably went into this book with a general positive view.
Reading through this I found it presented a more unorthodox take on the rock star. It starts from his days as a English school boy reminiscent of Tom Brown's school days, goes into London student life of the 1970's and tracks progress through his involvement with Maiden and his solo career onto his second career as a commercial airline pilot.
It did strike me as a little sanitized. It touched on some aspects of drugs and booze and only marginally mentioned any relationships. It was very open about his experiences with cancer which was quite courageous and at times told with some 'gallows humour'.
Bruce Dickinson is a rock n roll polymath. He spins a good yarn. Aircraft piloting, sword fencing, film making and beer brewing all in his time off from World Dominating Metal Band, Iron Maiden. Go Bruce. Great book.
A lot of people have left negative reviews for this book because they were expecting a book full of gossip about Bruce's band mates. Ridiculous! How would the dynamics of Maiden be left if Bruce told tales and then faced his band mates in the studio?! No, this is Bruce Dickinson's autobiography, it states as much on the cover! Iron Maiden has been a massive part of Bruce's life but so has fencing and flying, not to mention his solo career. And that is what this book is about, Bruce Dickinson's life, it covers his fencing, flying, solo career, many other projects and yes Iron Maiden!! I've been a Maiden fan since the very beginning but I wanted to read about Bruce Dickinson's life, and boy has he lived it to the full! This book is extremely well written and in a style that made me feel like I was having an interesting chat with a really nice genuine guy, I couldn't put it down. If you want band gossip go to Google or YouTube, if you want to read about Bruce Dickinson and his amazing life then I recommend you buy this book.
Enjoyed the book, not overly long, keeps moving at a nice clip, good anecdotes. Some insights into the workings of Maiden which won't surprise. Martin Birch does come across less well, especially as his alter ego Marvin. Trusty Old Tractor, hoot!
For non Iron Maiden fans there is a lot to read, Bruce's early life, fencing, making a movie, becomng a pilot, visiting Sarajevo, cancer scare etc, so not all about metal.
Having read other rock autobiogs Bruce comes across as a bloke who would be good fun chatting to in a pub or long train journey.
Although obviously this is a Bruce autobio and not going to be just about IRON MAIDEN I am a Maiden fan which is why I bought it, I felt not only did it not tell me anything new about Maiden but also skipped over long periods, talking more about his flying adventures rather than musical. A few interesting stories but would have liked more about Maiden, also doesn't mention anything about his family at all, in stark contrast to Phil Collins's book that I also read recently which is much more interesting tbh.