What Does This Button Do?: An Autobiography by Bruce DickinsonWhat Does This Button Do?: An Autobiography by Bruce Dickinson

What Does This Button Do?: An Autobiography

byBruce Dickinson

Hardcover | October 31, 2017

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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 & 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 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.

Bruce Dickinson has been the lead singer of Iron Maiden for more than thirty years, and has pursued a successful a solo career, as well as a host of interests beyond music. Iron Maiden has sold more than ninety million albums worldwide, making them one of the most successful metal acts of all time. He lives in London, England.
Title:What Does This Button Do?: An AutobiographyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.21 inPublished:October 31, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062468138

ISBN - 13:9780062468130


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely Boring I am addicted to Biography especially rock n roll artists. This book shares nothing about Iron Maiden. The first half is about how he loves fencing, the second half is all about what he has done to get his pilots license. If you want to know about the history of Maiden, the band members, or exciting stories from when they are on the road, or about other artists they have met, or crazy parties, or about family. Well don't read this, because there is nothing about any of that. HUGE disappointment.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Biography Bruce Dickinson is not a new name if you are into metal music. Being the frontman of one of the most iconic acts of all time, he surely knows how to entertain the crowds. It is no different with his writing. He is not new to writing, and he definitely has the history to fill a book without any blabbering. This biography lets you gain an insight into a creative man’s brain, starting from his early childhood to his old-ish age. Two things to note is that; A) This is not an Iron Maiden biography, so most things Maiden are either kept to a minimum, or written from Bruce’s perspective as opinions. After all, it is his biography. B) He kept his family life (marriage, children, etc.) out of the picture. The book focuses on Bruce Dickinson, and Bruce Dickinson only. All in all, a great read with an intelligent language. It is funny, thought provoking at times, and entertaining altogether. One of the good reads I had this year.
Date published: 2017-12-20

Editorial Reviews

“An engaging memoir from the restless, curiousm and exploratory mind of Bruce Dickinson, a Renaissance man who is actually worthy of the nomenclature.”