What Does This Button Do?: An Autobiography

What Does This Button Do?: An Autobiography

by Bruce Dickinson

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New York Times Bestseller

“Illuminating and very entertaining…a compelling read about someone who is much more than just the guy who sings for Iron Maiden.” —Loudwire

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062468154
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 243,507
File size: 15 MB
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About the Author

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 over 90 million albums & performed over 2000 shows worldwide, making them one of the most successful rock acts of all time. He lives in London, England.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Born in '58 1

Life on Mars 11

If You Want Skool, You Got It 17

Angelic Upstart 23

The Kipper's Revenge 27

An Unexpected Journey 37

Lock Up Your Daughters 49

Minibusted 55

Going to the Dogs 61

Dope Opera 67

A Heavy Metal Crusade 77

Ham of the Gods 89

Neighbour of the Beast 95

The Big Dipper 111

On the Bandwagon 123

New Battery 131

Organ Pipes 143

Powerslave 147

Iron Curtains 153

Snow, Leather and Bondage 161

The Boys from Brazil 167

Much Ado About Cutting 171

You'll Believe a Drummer Can Fly 175

Double Dutch 183

You Cannot Be Serious 191

Moonchild 199

Slaughtering Daughters 205

Fault Lines 211

Wing Nut 217

Out of the Frying Pan 231

Into the Fire 235

Radio Pirate 253

Edison and the Light Bulb Moment 259

Brain Swap 267

Feet Wet in the Goose 275

To Fly, To Swerve 283

Black September 289

A Close Shave 295

The Spruce Bruce 305

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 309

Bruce Air 315

Alchemy 323

Bitter Experience 327

To Ride the Storm 341

Fuck Cancer 345

Afterword 367

Acknowledgements 369

Picture Credits 371

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