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Just a Few Seconds [Paperback]

James Nemo
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Book Description

6 Feb 2011
Musicians have always been with us. From cave dwellers knocking out a tune on a blade of grass, to Roman trumpeters at the Colosseum, to buglers marching into battle, to Led Zeppelin at Wembley Arena. But we only ever hear about famous musicians and their stories of decadence and overindulgence. There is a common misconception that unknown professional musicians spend half their time playing in seedy bars and the other half queuing up in soup kitchens but for every famous musician there are 100 working in the background making a good living who have stories to tell. Just a Few Seconds is a story of a musician whose career takes him from the roughest London pubs to private parties for the mega rich and famous. From near starvation to a Jet Set life in Gstaad. From the brink of fame to the Birdy Song. From market stall to restaurant owner. From guitar teacher to squash and karate teacher. It is an amusing and heartrending story of perseverance showing how the road to success can lead us down the strangest of paths.

Product details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Derek Newark Pulbishing (6 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956798608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956798602
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,757,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nemo James worked as a professional musician, singer and songwriter for more than 30 years. "Just A Few Seconds" is his first book. He now lives in Mlini, Croatia. For more in formation visit his web site at www.nemojames.com

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a Few Seconds 12 Sep 2011
By Tami Brady TOP 500 REVIEWER
Just a Few Seconds is the first book that explores the adventures and misadventures of Derek Newark (stage name Nemo James). Like many kids, Derek became enamoured with music from a young age and decided he wanted to be a musician. At first, it wasn't much more than a daydream. After all, he had difficulty reading music and his musical repertoire was somewhat limited.

Over time, through short and longer term gigs playing an amazingly diverse range of music, Derek gained experience (and confidence). His sight reading improved to the point where he could back virtually anyone. In the process, he traveled the world and met more than a few interesting individuals.

Just a Few Seconds is an amazing story of perseverance and willingness to move forward even when the next step didn't seem obvious. I've read quite a few memoirs of rock stars and various bands as they worked to gain fame and fortune but I don't think I've read any stories about independent artists who pick up such a wide range of projects and essentially become jacks of all trades.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 29 May 2011
By V. Cano
As a classical musician myself, I am always intrigued by the experiences of my musical peers, which is why this book appealed to me so much. It is an autobiography that is touching in its honesty and charmingly ironic in its language.
It must be a daunting task to put all the major experiences of one's life into order, so that they make sense and is attractive to other people, especially when the life is not of someone that is universally famous. I feel this book succeeded immensely. I was entertained from the very first page up to the last sentence. The twists and turns of Derek's (or Nemo's) life are incredible, the near misses at stardom excruciating, the struggles he goes through heartbreaking in their honesty and reality. The reader can't help but cheer Nemo on when things seem to go well, and sigh as turn after turn leads him away from his music. I found his perseverance throughout all the years of musical dissatisfaction inspiring, something that takes much more strength and faith in the future than is the usual.
The writing itself is well structured, and although there are a few grammatical mistakes here and there (missing commas, some syntax issues) it is nothing major and nothing that would be a deterrent from reading it.
I truly enjoyed this book, not only as a look into the unforgiving world of independent musicians, but as a window into an extraordinary man's life.
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This is a well written and concise account of a seemingly ordinary guy who grew up in the 50s & 60s and became a self-taught musician. The autobiography covers his life in an amusing way with short, very readable chapters. He went through many trials and tribulations, but shines out as having a strong personality with a great sense of humour, even when things were going belly-up. Along the way he became an accomplished sight reading session guitarist, singer and composer. He played gigs on ships, abroad, in grotty & great locations. If that were not enough, he later turned his hand to becoming a (very good) IT network manager. In this stage of his life I got to know him, and reading the oh so true account of one job he held made me want to cry and laugh at the same time. Now an author! I can't wait to buy his next book.
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