Bruce Dickinson (a man who famously never gives interviews about his personal life) will look back on his 30 years with Iron Maiden, as well as his childhood in a memoir due for release later this year.
‘What Does This Button Do?’ will be available from 19th October from HarperNonFiction. The publisher promises a “bold, honest, intelligent and very entertaining” read by the singer, who fronted Iron Maiden from 1981 to 1993 and again from 1999 to the present.
Blabbermouth.net reported that, “Over the last couple of years, and throughout Maidens “The Book Of Souls” world tour, which has covered thirty-nine countries and one hundred and seventeen shows since February 2016, Bruce has turned his unbridled creativity to writing his memoirs, longhand (in seven A4 notebooks no less).”
“A true polymath, Bruce is, or has been, an airline pilot and captain, an aviation entrepreneur, a beer brewer, motivational speaker, film scriptwriter, twice-published novelist, radio presenter, TV actor and a world-class fencer,” notes the book’s press release. “Bruce shares, for the first time, the most fascinating recollections, including his 30 years with Maiden, the early days, his childhood within the eccentric British school system, going solo and realizing his dream of flying jumbo jets.”
Dickinson has been guarded about his personal life in the past, the insight that ‘What Does This Button Do?’ will give into, parts of his childhood, as well as his role as a father will be monumental to those who have followed his career. Bruce said: “It was flattering to be approached to write a book about my experiences and it seems an appropriate time to do this.”
The book will also present Dickinson’s account of fighting tongue cancer a few years ago, a battle that delayed the release of Iron Maiden’s most recent album, 2015’s ‘The Book of Souls’. The band recently wrapped a globe-spanning tour in support of the record.
It’s safe to say Dickinson has had a very interesting life and this book is set to be a real page turner. ‘What Does This Button Do?’ is available for pre-order now.
*Written by Clare Reynolds
Photo Credit: Thomas Eger