Bruce Dickinson : Maiden Voyage by Joe Shooman
A biography on Bruce Dickinson should be an interesting read. The man has an opinion on everything and is quite erudite.
So how does this book hold up?
The good : very well written, pleasant to read with lots of input from Bruce and his entourage. You do get an image of the man, not just the rock star. Focuses on the music, not the shenanigans.
The not so good : the author is an unabashed Bruce fanboy so there is not a critical note in sight.
The bad : out of 388 pages total, about 100 are spent on Samson. Really? Even up to Popoff style track by track breakdowns of the albums...
Most shocking revelation : apparently, Maiden's albums haven't been mastered since A Matter Of Life And Death. I'm not 100% convinced the author fully understands what the mastering process entails, but it would sure explain a lot.
It's definitely worth a read but you have to take the gushing man-crush in stride.