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on 6 July 2015
This is an unofficial biography so, of course, there is absolutely no interview or quote made by Bruce or the guys from Maiden specifically for this book.

However, there are direct interviews by producers and musicians who were at sometims closely realted to Dickinson, like Chris Tsangarides, Kevin Olsen, drummer Thunderstick, and the musicians from the Skunkworks period.

The thing that annoyed me sometimes during the reading of the book, is the fact that the writer is clearly an unapologetic fan of all things Bruce and Maiden, no quarter given or taken. Other than pissing at some people's meal while a boy in school, it seems that the author is sure that Bruce was a role model for his whole life...

The book also does not mention at all why Dickinson started taking flying lessons, what was the desire and motivation behind it. And, of course, the book says that Janick Gers is a very talented and majestic guitarist...

Anyway, I thought it to be a good read.
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on 11 August 2007
In a world where biographies are published for any no-mark who's spent 2 weeks in the Big Brother house, it always amazed me that nobody has done one for Dickinson. Well, now someone has. Although unofficial, Joe Shooman's effort is an worthwhile read. But, considering the subject matter, it would be difficult not to fill a few hundred pages with Bruce's achievements. Neither Dickinson himself, anyone currently close to him or Maiden PLC have contributed to this book. Hence, a lot of it does rely on rehashed stories that any Maiden fan (of my vintage) would already be well aware of and the sources that they came from. There are a significant amount of inaccuracies on a scale similar to that of a Classic Rock magazine article. There is also heavy reliance on testimony from the (thankfully) long-forgotten Thunderstick. However, all that critisism aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Until an official biography/autobiography comes along I suppose it'll have to do.
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on 6 November 2008
Those looking for a book on "The Man" need to look elsewhere...! This offering is more about record production and those around Bruce rather than being about the title character. For instance, when describing events prior to his reunification with Iron Maiden, the author dwells on the antics of the members of Bruce's solo band rather than what he was doing at the time. There is little new on his character or really what makes him tick, and as for early days with IM, he joins the band for NOTB and within a couple of sketchy chapters covering some epic and relentless tours, IM are said to be burnt out...!
For those wanting a fairly dull read about record production - fill your boots! For those really wanting to Die With Their Boots On - Go elsewhere
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on 24 April 2015
Well-written and unputdownable if you are into Bruce Dickinson or Iron Maiden 😊 it's worth every penny it costs 😊😊
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on 13 July 2013
ok guide to Dickinsons career.......tho wasted pages on really early stuff......and maybe not enough on recent material.......Bruce comes across as an intense guy....but always for the right reasons....hardwork.....but not contolling....iron maiden.top band....bruce and...all the others are right for the band....X
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on 27 December 2013
My husband has been a fan of Iron Maiden for a good number of years. He was pleased with the book when he opened it and also the quality of the book is good. There is a lot of interesting facts and incite into Bruce Dickinson's time spent with Iron Maiden and also his personal life.
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on 16 December 2012
This book is awesome! I just think it talked not too much about his personal life, but all about his professional career is amazing, too much details! Indeed, it's very good at all!
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