- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: Derek Newark Pulbishing (6 Feb. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956798608
- ISBN-13: 978-0956798602
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,697,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Just a Few Seconds Paperback – 6 Feb 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
After the first few pages, I started to feel like I didn't want to put the book down, and that feeling continued throughout. The story is inspiring, amusing and tragic by turns. How often it is that life seems to build up our hopes only to dash them again, and this author's life has had more than its fair share of rides on that emotional rollercoaster. I couldn't help marvel at his perseverance in the face of so many let-downs and disappointments, and yet considering how much of the story comprises that sort of thing, the narrative's always compelling and ever hopeful, always managing to find some wry, wistful humour in whatever situation.
If you ever wanted to be a professional musician and regret you didn't get your lucky break despite your abilities, read Derek's story in 'Just A Few Seconds'. You will feel a kinship with this man, and you'll have a truly enjoyable read, too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished on 8 May 2011 by Merinchal
Strangely enough I used to be in the band Earthquake with Derek back in the 70's (I was the bass player) and yes its all true. Read morePublished on 28 April 2011 by M. Norris