A tale of rock-and-roll survival
For almost thirty years, Australian band the Church have crafted music that blends a rich variety of stylespop, psychedelic, progressive, and straight-ahead rockyet always remains distinctive, thanks to the inimitable vocals and lyrics of front man Steve Kilbey.
Based on extensive interviews and featuring 71 photographs, No Certainty Attached is the first biography of Kilbey and his band. It charts their personal and musical ups and downs: the commercial heights of “The Unguarded Moment” and “Under the Milky Way,” the creative breakthroughs of the Priest=Aura album and Kilbey’s solo work, followed by the Church’s struggle to survive in the wake of bad business decisions and Kilbey’s drug indulgences, and their reemergence as an underground band with a worldwide cult following.
Author Robert Dean Lurie was given unprecedented access to Kilbey, so in one sense No Certainty Attached is an authorized biographybut it’s definitely a warts-and-all portrait. It pulls no punches, for example about its subject’s years of drug addiction. At the outset, Kilbey told the author: “Lurie, it’s your book. Write whatever the fuck you want about drugs. You have my blessing.”
Lurie also interviewed Kilbey’s family, present and former bandmates, friends and foes, and what emerges is the compelling story of an artist and a band clinging steadfastly to their muse in the face of external and internal difficultiesand the transformative power of the music they’ve created.
“All one could ask for in a biography an engaging and intricate subject, thoroughly researched; a panoply of riveting interviews; and, best of all, the author’s own passion for lyrics, music, and life.”
NO CERTAINTY ATTACHED
$19.95 postpaid (USA/Canada)
$29.95 postpaid (overseas)
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from Steve Kilbey's blog