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Book Review- “What Does This Button Do?” By Bruce Dickinson

What Does This Button Do?Note: I don’t read a whole lot of non-fiction. So I don’t get a lot of chance to review it. In fact this will be my first non-fiction review for this blog. Let’s see what I can do.

The people at Dos Equis got it wrong. The most interesting man in the world was born on August 7th, 1959. His name is Paul Bruce Dickinson. He’s the lead singer of one of the most successful and greatest heavy metal bands of all time, Iron Maiden. He’s also a veteran fencer, an airplane pilot, a small business owner, a screenwriter, a novelist, a documentary film maker, a DJ, a brewer, a cancer survivor, and first hand witness to some major historical events. Being a fan of Iron Maiden since my early adolescent years I thought I knew just how fascinating Bruce was. Then I read his his autobiography, “What Does This Button Do?,” and discovered there’s so much cool and compelling stuff about him that I didn’t know.

In “What Does This Button Do?” Dickinson takes you on a journey through many of his pivotal life events from his early life, to his first bands, and beyond. And he does so with a great and entertaining voice. Iron Maiden fans know that Dickinson has a gift for lyrical storytelling because of the many songs he wrote for the band, but in his autobiography the legendary frontman shows his gifts extend to anecdotal and autobiographical storytelling as well.

The big draw of “What Does this Button Do?” is of course the behind the scenes stories about Iron Maiden’s classic albums and legendary tours. There’s lot of really cool stuff there, but Dickinson’s story isn’t just about that. He gives you a real sense of what it means to be both a singer and a fencer. His love for those pursuits and for flying comes through in the writing and is really infectious. His recounting of his recent battle with cancer is also inspiring and especially moving.

It’s not just personal moments that Dickinson recounts in his book either. As a successful entertainer he was in a position to bear witness to some of history’s harrowing and horrific events. He recounts his time in New York the day 9-11 happened. One of the most powerful and exciting chapters comes though when he takes readers inside a historical event that sadly many people don’t know much about or have forgotten, the Bosnian War of the 90s.

So if you’re a fan of Iron Maiden you absolutely need to read “What Does This Button Do?” But if you’re a fan of great stories and fascinating people you should read it as well. It’s a really fascinating book.

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  1. December 25, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Wow – Bruce seems fascinating. Great review!

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