Book Review: SOMETHING QUITE PECULIAR by Steve Kilbey

SOMETHING QUITE PECULIAR by Steve Kilbey

First Published 2014 by Hardie Grant

Paperback and e-book

 

Steve Kilbey rose to fame and fortune as the singer and bass guitarist with Australian rock band The Church. Through this book we learn about Steve’s early life prior to The Church, we learn about life in The Church and about Steve’s time in hell with heroin. We learn about his friendships, his loves, his highs and lows.

 

I must admit that whilst I enjoy the music of The Church they are one band that I didn’t follow on the live scene in the 80s and 90s and, until reading this book, knew very little about them. Like many bands, there are ups and downs; there are conflicts and celebrations, drugs, sex and long weeks of touring. Steve reminds us a few times in this book that this is his version of events.

 

At times Steve is arrogant but at least he admits that his big mouth and attitude was the root of some of the problems. His honesty is also prevalent when he writes about his heroin addiction or as he described it as a ‘love affair’. As sad as that period in his life was, you can only admire him for his honesty in retelling that chapter and in his reflections of that dark side of his life. The fact that it is only a few chapters of the book is like an admission that this was a bad time and that he doesn’t need to dwell on it but certainly needs to talk about so we can understand who he is.

 

This book is a must read for any fan of The Church, reading it is like sitting down for a coffee with Kilbey to hear his stories. It is written in a very candid, matter of a fact style with bursts of humour.

by Suzanne Bunker

Copyright © Suzanne Bunker 2014. All rights reserved

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