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For almost thirty years, the Church have crafted music that blends a rich variety of styles in a beautiful, multi-layered sound. They have encompassed pop, psychedelic, progressive, and straight-ahead rock, yet always remain distinctive, thanks to the inimitable vocals and lyrics of front man Steve Kilbey. Based on extensive interviews and featuring over 70 rare ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 15th 2009 by Verse Chorus Press
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Jeremy
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
No Certainty Attached is written by long time fan musician and writer Robert Dean Lurie, who in 1990 at the tender age of 16 saw The Church live on a tour of the U.S. Thirteen years later Lurie contacted Kilbey to ask if he’d be involved with this biography and to Lurie’s surprise he said yes. Fittingly the biography begins with some words from Steve Kilbey himself:


Lurie attempts to come to some kinda understanding of my paradox. That is, I can be so nice, or I can be not so nice and hardly
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Ben Clohesy
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quite enjoyed this - it’s for the fans rather than a true rock bio. Nonetheless there were plenty of interesting aspects that I’d never known. I’ve been long time follower of the Church and loved their music for years - although I’m nowhere near a rabid fan. This is a pretty unvarnished look at Kilbey which was nice. The actual writing was good - Lurie has written an engaging and easy read.
Fascinating was that the view of the Church is from an American fan.

Definitely recommended for Church
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Jeff Smith
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended reading for music fans with an interest in unique Australian music.. Robert Lurie partially unravels the enigma that is Steve Kilbey, fulfills his teenage ambitions of WTF! makes these 'rock gods' tick and establishes long lasting friendships with other similarly inclined fans under the beloved milky way.. what a trip ...more
James Loftus
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What can I say, I've been a Church fan since high school. 1980, 'Unguarded Moment' when you heard it on the radio you just wanted to turn the nob up full-blast. Alternative music had energy, stye, individuality, freshness, and The Church did not do just one great song, they did it again and again. I heard Steve Kilby being interviewed and quizzed on his, "I'm the best song writer in Australia."
And, not shy away from it. Well, in Australia, and I suppose many places it is deemed kind of pointless
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Leigh Blackmore
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
NO CERTAINTY ATTACHED is the first and only book (so far) to examine the career of Australia's acclaimed and beloved rock group The Church. While it focusses heavily on bassist, lyricist and lead singer Steve Kilbey, the book offers important insights into all phases of the band's career with plenty of information on Marty Wilsson-Piper, Peter Koppes, Richard Ploog and Tim Powles.

Absolutely crucial for the Church fan, and a great read for anyone interested in Australian rock, NO CERTAINTY
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Lee
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Illuminating, very well-written biography of a fascinating yet underrated modern rock band and its leader.
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Strictly for die hard Church fans but really good read if you are one of those few that love this under rated band.
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Robert Dean Lurie is a writer and musician based in Tempe, Arizona. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is the author of "Begin the Begin: R.E.M.'s Early Years," "We Can Be Heroes: The Radical Individualism of David Bowie," and "No Certainty Attached: Steve Kilbey and The Church."