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No Certainty Attached: Steve Kilbey and The Church: A Biography Robert Dean Lurie

Paperback (Trade paperback US) | Aug 2009 | Verse Chorus Press | 9781891241222 | 320pp | 215x152mm | GEN | AUD$34.99, NZD$39.99

For almost thirty years, Australian band The Church have crafted music that blends a rich variety of styles in a beautiful, multi-layered sound. They've encompassed pop, psychedelic, progressive, and straight-ahead rock, yet always remain distinctive, thanks to the original vocals and lyrics of front man Steve Kilbey. 

Based on extensive interviews and featuring over 80 rare photographs, No Certainty Attached is the first comprehensive 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 under appreciated solo work, followed by the band's struggle to survive in the wake of bad business decisions and their singer's drug indulgences. One obsessive American fan attempts to get to the heart of the story, abetted by Kilbey himself, his family, band members, and friends and foes alike. What emerges is a compelling portrait of an artist and a band clinging steadfastly to their muse in the face of external and internal obstacles and the transformative power of the music they've created.