What does this button do by Bruce Dickinson

What does this button do by Bruce DickinsonWhat Does This Button Do?: An Autobiography by Bruce Dickinson
Published by Dey Street Books on October 31st 2017
Genres: Memoir
Pages: 384
Format: Ebook
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.

I’m an unabashed metalhead, and die hard Iron Maiden fan, so when this book came out I was utterly fascinated by the story of its (sometime) lead singer, and all around badarse, Bruce Dickinson. So often we see the very public persona of musicians, but this book is a very heartfelt, personal look at the journey that Bruce has taken in his life. This is the story of a working class upbringing, the trials and tribulations of his youth, and his multitude of attempts at breaking into the music industry.

While a great deal of the book is given over to his life as part of Iron Maiden, the stories are about the relationships with his fellow band members, and the very interesting process of creation of the Irons’ music. There is some descriptions of the drama which went on at various points, but I never felt as though Dickinson was trying to sensationalise events for the sake of a good story. One of the other long-running themes and tales were his efforts to obtain various pilot licences, and his flying commercial airliners, as well as Ed Force One. As if being the lead singer of one of the greatest bands in the world was not enough, Bruce’s Boys Own adventure had to include flying all kinds of planes around the world.

Dickinson never falls into braggadocio, despite his many accomplishments, and is not afraid to own up to many of his shortcomings. Perhaps it is apppropriate that the book seems to be gaining momentum when it is all brought to a screeching halt when he is diagnosed with throat and mouth cancer. This section is him at his most vulnerable, and his most intimate. And it reveals that – no matter how famous, or rich you might be, you are just another human being when it comes to a battle with cancer. I’m not going to wax lyrical about how his journey was inspirational, etc etc; but the last few chapters were definitely the hardest, and the most encouraging to read.

I am sure that hardcore Maiden fans will be all over this book. It is written in a smooth, and ultimately readable style, as one might expect from such an accomplished lyricist. What does this button do? is an entertaining and engaging look inside the personal life of a very ordinary man, who is living an extraordinary life.

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