WHAT DOES THIS BUTTON DO?: An Autobiography, by Bruce Dickinson
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• ISBN 978-0062468147
• 384pp discount softcover
• Dimensions: 5.5″ x 8″ (140mm x 220mm); 1 lb. (.400 kg)
“I was spotty, wore an anorak, had biro-engraved flared blue jeans with ‘Purple’ and ‘Sabbath’ written on the thighs, and I rode an ear-splittingly uncool moped. Oh yes, and I wanted to be a drummer…”
This is the long-awaited memoir from the larger-than-life, multifaceted lead vocalist of Iron Maiden. 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 operatic singing style and stage presence of its longest-serving lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. As Iron Maiden’s front man Dickinson has been, and remains, a man of legend.
But over-the-top 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, 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, sets forth many personal observations guaranteed to inspire curious souls.
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.
“Illuminating and very entertaining…a compelling read about someone who is much more than just the guy who sings for Iron Maiden.”—Loudwire
“An engaging memoir from the restless, curiousm and exploratory mind of Bruce Dickinson, a Renaissance man who is actually worthy of the nomenclature.”—Houston Press
“A chatty and anecdote-filled autobiography”—Sunday Times of London Books of the Year
‘The entertaining chronicle of a spotty anorak who escaped his grey existence into the absurd drama of life”—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 rollercoaster 40-year music career, it paints a candid picture of a life well lived.”—Classic Rock
“If you only read one book this year, it absolutely must be Bruce Dickinson’s new autobiography. The book is every bit as entertaining and bursting with energy as you might expect.”—Metal Hammer