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 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 frontman 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 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.
Bold, honest, intelligent and very funny, What Does This Button Do? 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.
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Von Vishal Gali Anthony Am hilfreichsten 23.11.2017
A must read for every Maiden/Bruce dickinson fan.
One of the wittiest books filled with ocassional bursts of timed humour written and narrated by the one and only Mr. Bruce Dickinson himself.
Although it is unusually short to be labelled a biography, as Mr.Dickinson himself puts it in the end, an 800 page biography would have become something which I would have used for weight lifting.
The most memorable quote from the book is " Nothing in childhood is ever wasted. " For someone who never had an extra ordinary childhood but still was blessed with all the basic amenities that a child should have, I feel really reassured that indeed nothing , absolutely nothing in childhood is ever wasted.
Two of his most famous catch phrases which he repeatedly used throughout the book " Eat your heart out " and " Go figure ( not really sure if this classifies as one ") are indeed noteworthy to be mentioned. He belts them out especially at instances where you would least expect a funny moment and later end up laughing or smiling like a crackpot in a crowded place.
Overall, I think that this book was an absolute delight and I am glad to have heard to the entire book till the end. I will buy the hard copy of the book sometime this week.
Cheers from India and germany.
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Von Martin Schuster Am hilfreichsten 02.04.2018
Viel Bruce, kaum Maiden
Mir hat das Hörbuch gefallen, allerdings erfährt man so gut wie nichts über Maiden. Ja, es ist die Bio von Bruce, das ist mir schon klar. Aber die Maiden Themen werden vielfach absichtlich ausgeklammert, das hat mich schon enttäuscht. Die Stories über Bruce's Soloband und sein Krebsleiden sind eine ganz andere Kategorie und sehr mitreißend. Der Rest des Buches besteht aus eher langweiligen Stories über Internate, Fechten und Flugzeuge.
Man muss halt wissen, worauf man sich hier einlässt. Kein Maiden, nur Bruce.