Hailing from a working-class section of Los Angeles, the eldest daughter of divorced parents, Carlisle struggled early on with shame over her. 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. “Lips Unsealed”: A review of Belinda Carlisle’s memoir “Lips Unsealed” in the June 3 Calendar section said that guitarist Jane Wiedlin left the.

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They were divided between the party girls and the not-so party girls, and there was some resentment about their front woman’s bigger hotel rooms, and role as spokeswoman. I lied and pretended nothing was wrong. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. She is deliciously self-absorbed, and of course she finds yoga, and spirituality that help her quit her lils drug use.

I was going to be a rock star.

Book Review: ‘Lips Unsealed’ by Belinda Carlisle

They contributed a lot to the music scene, but it seemed to me as if it kind of played a back seat here, to her own struggles. You encountered a lot of resistance from the punk scene when the Go-Go’s started getting big. I never said that I don’t do anything, I just didn’t tell the whole truth.

Carlisle retraces the formation of the band, the drunken, messy performances and a miserable English tour opening for Madness, in which every show ended with her drenched in spit. I felt like I would hurt her if I told her that someone thought she was bad, and my instinct was to protect her.

I didn’t want to see her strung out at 8 a. I don’t know whether he left or was laid off.

She spent 20 some years just getting wasted. Dec 14, Robin rated it it was ok Shelves: I went on the biggest binge of my life, which is saying something considering I had used, boozed, and abused for thirty years. Besides the chaotic home life, Carlyle’s trials as a teen basically assure a chaotic adulthood. One of the big surprises of this book is how long your problems with drugs lasted — you only became sober in This talented but misguided teen found solace in the punk rock world that so openly welcomed misfits—even though acceptance had its price.


But it started with five of us kids sitting on a curb having no idea how to do anything, no musical experience or training, not even knowing how to plug guitars into amplifiers.

He worked at a gas station near the school. I liked the honesty here, but it became tedious to read “another coke” chapter. All I know is that I met a very prominent politician’s daughter who pointed me in the direction of a guy I could get blow from. By then they had shed their punk roots and were producing something a little more poppy than they were first comfortable with.

He didn’t threaten us, but he left no doubt that he ruled the roost. She was on and off the wagon so many times that she should have splinter scars on the backs of her thighs. I did enjoy reading about her finding her way out of addiction, and finding a sober lifestyle and a happy family.

Why are you still alive?! She marries well, births a beautiful son, and winds up with a respectable solo catalog but you j After the demise of the Go Go’s, things tail off here in a hurry, Belinda Carlisle mostly content to expose her boiling grey matter going up in flame and roll out a very long list of insecurities, quirks, addictions, and daddy issues, snorting up enough medicinal powder along the way to stagger a herd of rhino, her weight going through more ups and downs than the stock market over the past few years.

No matter beljnda, I’ll always be a big fan of the music. I would never have existed.

When I looked at my eyes in the mirror, I didn’t see anyone looking back at me. There are some great insights into the music industry in this book, although As an ardent Go-Go’s fan, this was a must-read for me. Lists with This Book. The Go-Gos had planned a summer last-ditch reunion tour, but Jane took a digger when hiking and her ACL surgery called for canceling.


Belijda review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. This book was a good read She and her many siblings ate “oatmeal and Bac-O-Bit sandwiches for dinner.

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The book is good. I think it was a very honest memoir and you get to see a side of her that has been hidden from the world. She fought with my father when he called from the road, but she sounded defensive and usually hung up feeling scared. Although, music is what defines her, you never get a sense that her music career was a true source of happiness, even when she claims it to be.

I think my favorite part had uhsealed be her description of the punk bands that dominated the LA scene in the late 70’s, which apparently including not only the Go-Go’s, ynsealed also Devo and Madness.

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I’m really proud of unswaled punk background. Also, the review may have given the impression that the Go-Go’s album “Beauty and the Beat” achieved double-platinum sales within a month of the release of the single “Our Lips Are Sealed” in This book is actually not great but I enjoyed it.

I arrived in the world via special delivery, otherwise known as a C-section. But the Go-Go’s came home with a single and a sold-out show at the Starwood. I never said I unsealrd drink in interviews, but people assumed that I didn’t and I wouldn’t correct them.