What Does This Button Do? by Bruce Dickinson

What Does This Button Do?

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA 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 s...

Details What Does This Button Do?

TitleWhat Does This Button Do?
Release DateOct 31st, 2017
PublisherDey Street Books
GenreMusic, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews What Does This Button Do?

  • Twerking To Beethoven
    Plenty of funny anecdotes never made the cut, simply because they didn’t advance the narrative. Somewhere there is a book of anecdotes, but it’s not a coherent tale.Had I chosen to include airships, wives, divorces, children and entrepreneurial activities this would have been approaching 800 pages long. It would have been the type of book that people use to commit murder, or help change tyres on London buses.Actually, that would have been an ...
  • Stephen Collins
    This bring back so meny happy public school days for me as I read it.Bruce end up at Oundle public school were he was bullied day in & nights. Unlike me who if anything I was more the bully. At school I was very popular because I lived in sweet shop & always had tuck box full of stuff from the shop that sold for favours so no one but no want to upset the free sweets.One boy did & I was told the broken nose & two black eyes & broken arm when slipp...
  • Michael Legge
    Shame he dies in the end.
  • Ian
    Bruce Dickinson's autobiography doesn't tell your usual rock'n'roll story. There's little in the way of hedonism here, Bruce is a man who'd rather learn how to fence, pilot a jumbo jet or write a best selling novel in his spare time. As the lead singer of best selling heavy metal band Iron Maiden he's accomplished an awful lot and it's all well told with a good sprinkling of humour here.He writes at his most passionate when discussing aviation, w...
  • Glenn Pillsbury
    I eagerly anticipated this, but in the end was a little disappointed. Dickinson is a fine writer, having published a couple of novels earlier in his career as well as being responsible for some of the finest lyrics in metal history, and this is a rare rock autobiography that is self-written and justifiably so. The book has to juggle a number of different objectives: tell Dickinson's personal history, discuss his involvement with Iron Maiden (and ...
  • Niels
    The story of a remarkable and talented human being. I have been an Iron Maiden fan for over thirty years and I have always enjoyed hearing interviews with Mr. Dickinson. Bruce Dickinson's tale takes you from his early childhood being raised by his grandparents and onto Private School, College, his time in Samson which lead to him joining Iron Maiden, one of the greatest metal bands of all time and his adventures as a pilot which took him all over...
  • Pericles
    This is NOT your typical rock star biography. This is NOT a story about a talented musician who almost lost everything to drugs and sex. You will not find love affairs, undesired children or the discovery of love. Nor is it the story of the troubled band who disbanded and then got back together again because of money. Well, kind of. What this is, is the story of Bruce Dickinson's CAREER. He will tell you how he found his love for music and his tr...
  • Josh Holmes
    It was written okay, fun to read. But where were the details about how songs were written and the dynamics of the band?It was essentially ' I learnt how to fly a plane, then we made an album, then I flew a plane again and we made another album and then I got an even bigger plane!' Repeat for 400 pages.
  • Angelo
    Fascinating anecdotes, nicely written and performed. Hey, I'm a fan.However, for my taste, the book is a little too "clean" and light on details. I know a lot about the stories Bruce tells to his buddies at a birthday party, but I don't really feel I _know_ Bruce now.
  • Eric
    I was really hoping that Bruce would dig deeper into his emotions and the way relationships within the band and his family ended up shaping his motivations and professional life. Instead it's a lot of facts about Bruce Dickinson written in his voice. I'm a huge fan, and enjoyed the book, but it wasn't what I hoped that it would be.