Lips Unsealed

Lips Unsealed

A Memoir

Book - 2010
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The women of the iconic eighties 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 members of the group--and, in particular, its lead singer, Belinda Carlisle--struggled with on their rise to stardom. Leaving her unstable childhood home at the age of eighteen, Belinda battled serious weight issues, having been teased for her pudginess throughout grade school, and grappled with her confusion about being deserted by her biological father as a child. 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--they sold out venues, attracted a fiercely loyal fan base, and outpartied almost every male band they toured with--and in the process kicked down the doors to the all-boys¿ club of eighties rock and roll. 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. Lips Unsealed is filled with the wild stories that Belinda Carlisle fans are dying to hear--stories about the band¿s crazy days on tour with acts like the Police and Madness and the fabulous parties and people to whom the Go-Go¿s had exclusive access. But more than that, this candid memoir reveals the gritty flip side to the glitz, as Belinda shares her private struggles with abusive relationships, weight, and self-esteem, and a thirty-year battle with drug and alcohol addiction. 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 eighties decadence she epitomized, but also cringing at the dark despair hidden behind her charming smile. One of the rare adventures through rock stardom told by a woman, Lips Unsealed is ultimately a love letter to music--to the members of the Go-Go¿s, who¿ve maintained lifelong friendships, and to the beloved husband and son who led Belinda to sobriety--and the story of a life that, though deeply flawed, was, and is still, fully lived.
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2010.
ISBN: 9780307463494
0307463494
Characteristics: 265 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,24 cm.

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Memarge
Jul 20, 2017

Her father-in-law was James Mason, the gifted English actor.

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graysonkali
Jun 26, 2012

Interestng stories about her life, very candid. She is very forunate that her husband chose to stay with her.

rufus_red4 Jun 14, 2012

The Go Go's were part of the soundtrack of my life and of course Belinda was the voice of that band, as well as a successful solo career, so I was intrigued by the real story. This book is a brutally honest memior of a survivor of the music business as well as a band that continues to tour and entertain. Heartfelt, often disturbing and sad but ultimately inspiring, this book is a testament to a great talent and the contribution she made to popular culture in the '80's.

Demarcation Jun 05, 2012

I didn't know anything about Belinda Carlisle before I read her memoir and was fully engrossed. She is candid about her out of control coke habit.

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mightyattom
Dec 16, 2010

This book is a glimpse at a life that is both candid and inspiring. What once seemed ideal and glamourous to the world, is revealed to be anything but. A must read for anyone who knows or wants to know what it is to struggle with living in your own skin and being comfortable at the same time!

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Jul 16, 2010

belinda was a raging cokehead till 2005 when she quit, again. something about this tale does not add up. this woman is deaply disturbed. her marriage sounds particularly strange, they live separate lives while she goes out for years and parties with hard core druggies and he peavishly disapproves. it sounds like she is a fag hag, married to a gay man so they can both claim to be semi normal. belinda has shown more than she intended. she now claims to be a spiritualy enlightened entity and all is right with her world. she is an addict stalling her relapse until the lies of her made up world come crashing in on her.

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graysonkali thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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