The women of the iconic '80s band the Go-Go’s will always be remembered as they appeared on the back of their debut record: sunny, smiling, each soaking in her own private bubble bath with chocolates and champagne. The photo is a perfect tribute to the fun, irreverent brand of pop music that the Go-Go’s created, but it also conceals the trials and secret demons that the group—and, in particular, Belinda Carlisle—struggled with.
Leaving her unstable childhood home at the age of 18, Belinda battled serious weight issues and grappled with her confusion about being deserted by her biological father. This talented but misguided teen found solace in the punk rock world that so openly welcomed misfits—even though acceptance had its price.
Not long after forming, the Go-Go’s became queens of the L.A. punk scene. With a chart-topping debut album, Belinda found herself launched to international superstardom—and with that fame came more access to A-list parties, and even more alcohol and drugs to fuel Go-Go’s mania. Inevitably, Belinda began to self-destruct.
This spellbinding and shocking look at her rise, fall, and eventual rebirth as a wife, mother, and sober artist will leave you wistfully fantasizing about the '80s decadence she epitomized, but also cringing at the dark despair hidden behind her charming smile. Lips Unsealed is ultimately a love letter to music and the story of a life that, though deeply flawed, was, and is still, fully lived.
©2010 Belinda Carlisle (P)2010 Random House
"Generously confessional enough to give a compelling edge to her battle with substance abuse and her quest for spiritual balance...a harrowing cautionary tale.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A remarkable early Cinderella story...Carlisle writes candidly…heartfelt and winning.” (Publishers Weekly)
I've been wanting to read this since it first came out! I finally listened to it on a road trip.
I am 2 years younger than Belinda and also grew up a valley girl and can relate to a lot of the party scene there, in L.A. Hung out with Toto while they were making the Hydra album. I've always been a big fan of the girls!!!
I saw the Go Go's at the Santa Barbara bowel in the mid 80's and they did a fantastic show! I took my young girls to a small show in Atlanta in 99. I felt so bad for the GoGo's cause there was hardly anyone there. I'm like... WTH?!?!?
Luckily for us because of that, we stood at the stage, in Awe and had a blast!!!
A FAN FOREVER!! This is a great read even if you're not a fan, on a human experience. EVERYBODY has a story...
Professor of Psychology
Not just because I'm a fan of the band the Go-Go's, and of Belinda Carlisle in general, but I couldn't have enjoyed this memoir more. Some might assume they know who Ms. Carlisle is because they listen to her music, or read the headlines in the 1970s and 80s about her success, her drug addiction, etc. But there's much more to this woman than the media portrayal we've all been exposed to. "Lips Unsealed" not only provides a first-hand account of the beginning of the most successful all-female band in rock history, but also takes us behind the scenes for an intimate portrayal of the life of Belinda Carlisle, including the good, the bad, and the ugly. Her life lessons are simple and poignant, and the book ends with a great deal of maturity, hope, and healing. I truly great read/listen.
Very frank open honest tale of real life!
How self perception dictated and undermined her life.
How could you not like her performance. A fantastic voice.
Very much so.
Bought the pink vinyl album.
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