What Does This Button Do?: An Autobiography
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...more
The problem for me with this book is with out all the stories, people and emotions Bruce comes across very robotic. Even from an Iron Maiden fan point of view the book ...more
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 ace book. I'm all about ex wives, divorces & ...more
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 trajectory to Iron Maiden. Bruce then elaborates on ...more
Bruce Dickinson is the iconic front-man to heavy metal band Iron Maiden. His journey through life thus far has been filled with adventure and challenges. Not only is Bruce the lead singer of the most famous metal band to come from the UK, but also a world-class fencer, airline pilot, brewer, author (not just this book!), amongst other things. The man is legendary!
If you are looking for a warts-and-all look at Iron Maiden, dishing dirt along the ...more
He writes at his most passionate when discussing aviation, with memories of his first flights and hair raising ...more
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 slipped in the shower was his ...more
What’s it about?
The frontman of Iron Maiden (the best band ever) talks about his life and his music.
Why it gets 5 stars:
The story is very interesting. The pre-Maiden stuff is like the origin story of a musical superhero and it is great! The stuff about Iron Maiden is freaking awesome. The stuff that is about things in Bruce’s life outside of Iron Maiden are often interesting too, Dickinson is an interesting man with ...more
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.
One morning the LA Times lay strewn about the floor...'Thought for the Day' was a feature I seldom noticed, but on this day I read it. It was a quote from the writer Henry Miller: 'All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience.' So at that moment I decided to leave Iron Maiden. You can blame Henry Miller.
I was going to begin this review by saying that there's no particular reason to read this book if you're not an Iron Maiden (from this ...more
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 the world. He tells his tale with humor and ...more
EDIT: I've just started Robert Webb's autobiography following this and it's clarified what i felt about this one. There's not much of Bruce in his biog, oddly. Mainly a dry set ...more
I'm a huge fan, and enjoyed the book, but it wasn't what I hoped that it would be.
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.
This book is an autobiography of the lead singer of the greatest metal band (this is a fact and not just an opinion) Iron Maiden. It tells about his time with the band, his love for fencing and piloting, and his battle with cancer.
I have been a fan for the band for many, many years and reading this seemed like a no brainer. I am not the biggest fan of autobiography novels but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I think the aspect that I liked is how Bruce told the story. It wasn't ...more
Bruce is someone who I've always wanted to meet and share an ale and a yarn with, it always seemed to me as though he and I have a ...more
He also ties in his growth of becoming an airline captain, a script writer, a fencer, and obviously an author. Bruce is full energy and inspiration and his writing nothing less than brilliant. I recommend the audio book. What delivery!
Is Bruce married? Is he gay? Which of his songs are his favourites? He does he feel about his art? How does he feel about ANYTHING?
...none of these questions have anything even resembling an answer here. Its almost as though he’s embarrassed to be in Iron Maiden, given the paucity of information. It’s the equivalent ...more
This isn't the "aging rock star looks back to cash in with a salacious tell all." Yes, there's bits of Iron Maiden in here, particularly how he came to be in the band, why he left, why he came back. Notes about recording the albums are there, too, ...more
This is autobiography as romp and what emerges is a narrator of genuine warmth, self effacement and unfailing politeness. There is very little dirt dished out and, for readers expecting an Anglo-Saxon ...more
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