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What Does This Button Do?

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What Does This Button Do? by Bruce Dickinson
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Being an Iron Maiden and heavy metal fan, I had to pick this up. “What does this button do-” explores in depth the life of Bruce Dickinson from his early childhood and upbringing right through to present day. The book is easy to read and offers great, often funny stories about the antics of life with fame as well as the ugly. Bruce goes into detail about his life outside of Maiden and how he came to be a fencer, a pilot, a heavy metal god and dealing with cancer. What the book does not contain (which may disappoint some fans) is an in-depth discussion on each Iron Maiden album and nor should it. Instead, Bruce explains some of the meaning behind certain songs or a few tales from each tour through the decades. “What does this button do-” is an intriguing autobiography of a heavy metal great and fans of Bruce or Iron Maiden should pick this up if they want to know a bit more of him and a glimpse into the history of Iron Maiden. 9/10.

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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, 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.

Release date NZ
October 19th, 2017
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United Kingdom
(4x8pp plates)
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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