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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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LOVED!

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...

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Loved it!

I read the reviews and wasn't sure if I'd like it but decided to make my own decision. Glad I did. I loved her story!

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Meh.

What disappointed you about Lips Unsealed?

Very simple sentences and shallow story. Not very interesting.

What was most disappointing about Belinda Carlisle’s story?

It was redundant and shallow.

What three words best describe Belinda Carlisle’s voice?

Meh. Nothing special or thoughtful.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom. It’s not introspective or particularly well written.

Any additional comments?

Don’t waste a credit on this shallow 5-hour book.

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Narcissistic Ramblings

So a drug addicted singer with a ginormous ego marries a republican who worked for Reagan (don’t worry, she claims not to know anything about Reagan even tho she was in a punk band and in the punk scene during that era) has a gay son who can’t be honest with dad about who he is because his dad is a horrible person who will not accept him. Gross, just gross.

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Great book!

Wow - what a heartbreaking, enlightening story of one of my favorite lead singers. At times it was raw, almost hard to listen to. So glad BC found peace and is in such a great place. Highly recommend!

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Pretty Good with Some Surprises

I got interested in this memoir after hearing Kathy Valentine's audiobook, All I Ever Wanted, which was absolutely fantastic. Belinda Carlisle has an equally interesting story, but she isn't nearly the writer that Valentine is, and so, while it was pretty good, it didn't keep me riveted in the same way. But All I Ever Wanted is a pretty high bar to reach, and one of my favorite music memoirs of all time. Still, Belinda reveals much about how she grew up, what was going on in her mind before, during, and after the Go-Gos, and I was floored that such a squeaky-clean looking girl could have had such addiction problems. Kudos to her for finally beating them, and for her real-life Prince Charming, who stuck it out long after anyone else would have bailed. Lips Unsealed is a good book for a long drive, but it probably won't change your life. Look to Kathy Valentine's book to do that heavy work.

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Writing through ones demons

I never really followed the Go Go's career, nor was I a fan of Belinda's solo work, so I came in to this memoir with an open mind and clean opinion slate. I had no idea it would play out the way it did. It took me some time to get through it, but then wrapped it up rather quickly. Without giving any of the story away, one can't help but think this story is definitely part of her therapy. There's no shame in that. Writing is a great way to release the demons that plague us. Sharing it with the world is hard part, isn't it?

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insightful, candid, relative and thought-provoking

as an avid and somewhat obsessed Belinda Carlisle fan since 1982's Beauty and the Beat (which change my life more profoundly than perhaps any other album). So the thought of becoming closer to both her as a person and her her extraordinary life was only a dream of mine- until this book. Knowing that I never read a book from start to finish I often imagined how I would get through it.... Audible. That's how. My first entire book even if narrated. Especially narrated by Miss Carlisle herself. I laughed, I experienced Goosebumps from head to toe and at the very end of the prologue the biggest teardrop fell from my eye. I knew many things about her before hearing the book, many things I imagine were true and so much so much unimaginable was clearly, also true. Her grace and dignity and honesty and wherewithal to write this book was definitely accomplished. Outstanding woman, outstanding book, outstanding artist, outstanding mother and wife. I love and have loved her beyond measure. I feel even closer as I dive deep into the deep, deep ocean otherwise known as Belinda Carlisle. Once again I'm In Too Deep and I unabashedly love it!

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Superb!

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.

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Great story by a wonderful amazing woman,

A great memior by a talented woman gotta love Belinda Carlisle she is a wonderful woman.