What Does This Button Do?

  • by Bruce Dickinson
  • Narrated by Bruce Dickinson
  • 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 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 30 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.

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Great autobiography, superb narration

Overall this is an excellent autobiography. The writing is great and the narration by Mr. Dickinson is superb. In some sense it was exactly what I was looking for - details about his early life, joining Iron Maiden, the making of certain albums, the tours etc. In other ways, it was different than what I was expecting and so here are some things to keep in mind:

- The book doesn't follow the typical story arch of so many rock bios. There is no real crisis - a battle with drugs, a fallout with fellow bandmates, etc. Iron Maiden remains a good band releasing good albums. Nor is there any real hedonism. Sure Dickinson partied but its basically a slow steady arch - the guy liked to drink beer, he still likes to drink beer, but he also managed his few vices and generally had the eye on the long game throughout the story.

- He doesn't dish on folks. There are some allusions to conflicts, early disagreements with Steve Harris, but all-in-all not a lot of drama. He speaks positively about his bandmates. He leaves all mention of his significant others and children out of the book. Overall a good choice - it respects folks privacy and keeps the focus on the subject, himself. Though it does have the odd effect of creating the sense that Dickinson's world really only revolves around himself and, to a lesser extent, his bandmates.

- Lots and lots of stories about flying. If you know anything about the author, this is no surprise. But still be aware that the latter part of the book is equally devoted to his flying career as his music career. There are some good anecdotes in there so it was all good for me. But just be aware of that.

- In the absence of the drama as noted above, his battle with cancer is what gives the tale end of the book some heft. He does a great job covering his experience - from what was going on medically to how it all made him feel. A really solid end to the book.
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- AKS

One great read!!

outstanding narration by the author. a truly gifted man. having been one of the first Iron Maiden fans in the late 70's, I have followed them for 4 decades. Bruce Dickenson is one amazing man and his story will keep you captivated. most of us live to be the best that we can be in our profession, Bruce had conquered MULTIPLE professions and kept his head on his shoulders throughout. he never let drugs or alcohol control his life and always arrived to excel. although no Angel he kept the partying we imagine while on tour under control with his eye on the big picture. a Jack of all trades would be a gross understatement. BUY THIS BOOK.
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- Anthony

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-31-2017
  • Publisher: Harper Audio