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What Does This Button Do?: The No.1 Sunday Times Bestselling Autobiography Hardcover – 19 Oct 2017
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‘A chatty and anecdote-filled autobiography… There is much fun to be had, such as trying to put a certain part of his anatomy in the ear of the singer in rival band Quiet Riot (clue:not his finger) Sunday Times Books of the Year
‘The entertaining chronicle of a spotty anorak who escaped his grey existence into the absurd drama of life as Iron Maiden’s frontman’ Daily Telegraph Books of the Year
‘What Does This Button Do? is a genuinely fascinating and funny look back at Dickinson’s life. From his early days growing up in the Nottinghamshire mining town of Worksop (where he was raised by his grandparents until the age of six) to his roller-coaster 40-year music career, it paints a candid picture of a life well lived.’ Classic Rock Magazine
‘If you only read one book this year, it absolutely must be Bruce Dickinson’s new autobiography, What Does This Button Do? … The book is every bit as entertaining and bursting with energy as you might expect.’ Metal Hammer
‘Whether you are a Maiden fanatic, an aviation enthusiast, a fencing aficionado or none or even all of the above, you will most definitely get something from this extremely well written and entertaining book, such is the calibre of the man, his philosophies and the level of his accomplishments.’ Metaltalk
About the Author
Bruce Dickinson has been the lead singer of Iron Maiden for more than thirty years, and has pursued a successful solo career, as well as a host of interests beyond music. Iron Maiden has sold over 90 million albums & performed over 2000 shows world-wide, making them one of the most successful rock acts of all time. He lives in London, England.
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Dickinson turns his unbridled creativity, passion, and anarchic humour to reveal some fascinating stories from his life, including his thirty 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.
What Does This Button Do
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 assured to inspire curious souls and hard-core fans alike.
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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.
Dickinson is a complex character - what he has packed into the first 59 years of his life is incredible, most people don't get to do one of his many achievements, (lead singer in one of the world's largest metal bands, award winning fencer, airline pilot, entrepreneur, brewer...). Then when he peels the onion on his life the incredulity grows...was a pretty good right handed fencer, but it didn't feel right, so he switched hands and is now an award winning left handed fencer...try doing that with a pen, let alone a foil.
I liked the fact the book didn't dig up dirt or launder the dirty band washing in public, you can read that on google, this book is for those who want to know more about the man, not the myth or hype.
A thoroughly decent bloke who has seen a lot, done a lot and whose contribution to the world extends way beyond Iron Maiden.
The narrative style can be a bit confusing at times as Bruce jumps forward and back a few years in several chapters but the overall feel of the flow makes for a good read. Thankfully he steers clear of sensationalising events and avoids unecesary back-biting and political manouvering (often seen in bio's these days).
The best bit had to be the end section on dealing with the fallout (or in Bruce's case the non-fallout) from the chemo. I know I shouldn't have but it had tears of mirth running down my face.
If I could give 6 stars, I would.
A great insight in to the mind of the best rock voice ever.
Bruce is a very talented guy, who can sing, write songs, play drums,
act, write books, fly airliners and brew beer. Wow what a life.
A must read for any Maiden or rock fan, or anyone who enjoys a good life so far story.
Nice one Bruce.
Like many others, I could have gone for more Iron Maiden-related content, heck I probably would've preferred the "800-page edition" that would've come to be had Bruce included his personal life and additional aviation/entrepreneurial anecdotes that didn't make the cut. But other that that, utterly fantastic book and I would recommend it to anyone, you don't have to be a Maiden fan/metalhead in general to enjoy it!
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