- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307463494
- ISBN-13: 978-0307463494
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 140 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lips Unsealed: A Memoir Hardcover – June 1, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
The Go-Go's lead singer who went on to a solo career recounts a remarkable early Cinderella story that morphs into a frank, though at times self-indulgent, story of drug abuse and failure. Hailing from a working-class section of Los Angeles, the eldest daughter of divorced parents, Carlisle struggled early on with shame over her mother's depression and her step-father's drinking problem; teased for her chubbiness, she sought escape from a difficult home and found it in the mid-'70s' burgeoning L.A. punk scene. Steeped in the brash music of Iggy Pop and Queen, crazy about the iconoclastic new look, she and her friends haunted Hollywood clubs while she worked as a hairdresser and secretary. In 1978 she, Jane Wiedlin, and Margot Olaverra came up with the idea of starting their own band, eventually adding Charlotte Caffey and Gina Shock, and within a short time the all-girl Go-Go's had moved from being a novelty to a super-cool pop band with their dance hit, We Got the Beat. Alongside dizzying stardom came the requisite drug-and-alcohol frenzy, and much of this memoir is a chronicle of one party after another and a list of celebrity who's who. Carlisle writes candidly, and her chronic fear of being exposed as a fake is heartfelt and winning. (June)
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Erstwhile Go-Go and distaff rock-music icon Carlisle delivers the goods on her battles with substance abuse and life on the road in the band that was a somewhat more organic version of the Runaways. The Go-Go's were the first all-female band to attain a number-one sales ranking with an album of original material played by the band. Although Carlisle's subsequent solo career has now overshadowed her Go-Go's days, at least artistically if not in the public consciousness, much of the fun here is centered on the wild and crazy partying on the road during the Go-Go's commercial ascendance. Social interactions and psychic adventuring with bands such as the Police provide the behind-the-scenes fodder that rock fans love in their stars' memoirs, and the fact that Carlisle also interacted professionally with the likes of Don Henley of the Eagles adds to her recollections. Carlisle continues to make music but has widened her focus, appearing on a BBC cooking show. This warm, well-written bio brings her fan base up to date. --Mike Tribby
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Belinda is very candid about her addiction, what it did to her career, and also what her husband and son had to deal with. She relapses and that is all covered as well. I just found her to be so open and honest about her insecurites, issues with her birth father and other things that fed into this addiction. She also covers in depth what happened when the Go-Go's broke up and the personality conflicts the band faced. Not to mention the fact that her solo career was much more successful than her bandmates, some of whom wrote most of the band's hits and showed more natural talent.
Again, she's very open and candid, at times I didn't even like her and was so frustrated, other times I just wanted to hug her. In the end, she is a flawed human being like we all are, struggling to find herself in this world.
I highly recommend this book if you're interested in her or the Go-Go's as it is extensively covered. Also, if you are interested in reading an addict's story of recovery, relapse, recovery, etc.
She shares how she sought to free herself from a difficult family life and found it in the LA punk scene. Then the rock star life became a prison in itself. It was not until she hit rock bottom and was forced to discover her true self that she finally became free.
Her life now has all the hallmarks of someone who lives a truly spiritual and connected life. From recent media reports meditation, physical discipline, and dedicated service appear to be her focus these days. According to sages from times immemorial these are all markers of someone who is in line with one's eternal self and thus truly free.
It really gives a very gritty hard look at the life, struggles, and many seriously dangerous situations in the life of an addict.
But I just saw her perform last month and She's an excellent performer. It was a great concert and she looked great.