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What Does This Button Do? Audiobook

What Does This Button Do?

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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

©2017 Bruce Dickinson (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Anonymous 19/10/2017
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    "Scream for me Audible"

    A brilliant audio book. I couldn’t wait to listen to Bruce telling his own story! Wasn’t disappointed.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John Imeson 30/10/2017
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    "A very well written autobiography."

    I really enjoyed this book. So often autobiographies are self indulgent, full of rambling anecdotes aimed at self justification, but this is a tight, disciplined book with a coherent and interesting narrative. There is a very nice balance between the music and his other interests and nice bits of travelogue when describing his visits to foreign shores. To be honest the delivery was a bit Clarksonesque but easily forgivable in light of such wonderful story telling. Some parts made me laugh out loud whilst others made me feel sad, but Dickinson never deliberately tweeks the heart strings. All in all a fine piece of work, well worthy of the fascinating life it seeks to portray.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    steven 23/10/2017
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    "Trooper "

    What a great listen. Lots of good stories of rock n roll life and plenty of humour. Crack open a bottle of Trooper stick your cans on and listen. Highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donald 22/10/2017
    Donald 22/10/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny and interesting"

    A good autobiography (he admits that he has left certain subjects out) by a highly entertaining polymath - a singer, airline pilot, fencer, writer & broadcaster. This book is entertaining and thought provoking as he details his life in Rock and the trials and tribulations he has faced on the way.

    The fact it’s read by the Author himself makes it even more entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HEATHER RUSSELL WHITEHILL, HANTS United Kingdom 22/10/2017
    HEATHER RUSSELL WHITEHILL, HANTS United Kingdom 22/10/2017
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    "Great book and very entertaining to listen to"

    Great book and very entertaining to listen to. very interesting account of his and Maidens exploits.

    Bruce is a compelling narrator

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    William L Belfield 21/11/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Superb performance, what a guy !!"

    I'll say it now, Paul Di'Anno was a better singer for Maiden, Bruce is their supreme showman ! Done !

    What an outstanding story of Bruce's life, thought it odd that he didn't mention his family, his divorce etc but explains that in the last chapter.

    I'm a bit like his doctor friend, I'm a massive Rush fan and was brought up on Maiden from when they started, do hold both in equal esteem.

    The quality of the narrative is brilliant, witty, interesting and honest, Bruce comes across as humble, positive and very likable.

    Normally I give away bios once consumed, but this one is a keeper, it's do good.

    No SPOILERS

    Standout ROFL moments, the sock and his public school days, his reference to Mick walking past the cafe

    The crying/gulping moments, ferrying the RAF crew, Sarajevo

    The eyuk moments, the previously mentioned sock, Moviecol

    I am so gutted I couldn't see them at Download and the spitfire flyover, the way it was described in the book was awesome.

    Read it, it's absolute brilliant

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    Mrs M-C 21/11/2017
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    "An excellent book. Well Read and Engaging"

    Very much enjoyed this book. Well read and engaging from the start. He comes across as a very nice guy. Highly recommended.

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    C. Holloway 20/11/2017
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    "I feel like I've lost a friend"

    I don't normally do autobiographies, but this one interested me, partly as a maiden fan but also as I was aware that Bruce has done a lot with his time on earth. I'm so glad I made the purchase.
    His writing style is easy to follow and genuinely humorous. His reading is almost faultless. I honestly felt sad when it ended, like I wanted to meet up and go for a drink to get more tales from him.
    His maiden days were the biggest draw for me, but interestingly were not over dramatised. In fact, I've added a lot of his other references to bands he admired to my music playlists, and I've heard things in maiden songs I never realised were there. But it was his final big chapter that I think was a masterpiece. addressing the mortality of us all. The way he handled this chapter of his life was a charicature of the way he addressed everything - a dose of straight talking, a bucket load of drive and ambition and belief and a smattering of arrogance that he, of all people, would be able to do what he sets out to do.
    I have thoroughly enjoyed this book, and congratulate Bruce on both the book, and the way he has lead his life. Bravo.

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    "Amazing. "

    Great book for maiden fans. Bruce is a pure trooper and amazing man.

    Can’t wait for the follow up.

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    chris cleeter 20/11/2017
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    "Interesting even if you're not a Maiden fan"

    Didn't really know anything about Bruce or Iron Maiden but thoroughly enjoyed his narration and the story.

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    06/11/17
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    "Dissapointed...."

    Leaving out all of the personal stuff from family and close friends made this book feel aloof. What is the point of a personal memoir if the really important and learning stuff of life is gone. I think family deserves at least a footnote of space.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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