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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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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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Proud of Belinda for the truth

I feel I came away a more educated person after reading about Belinda’s plight. Her stark truths and personal touch were what effected us most. Revealing one’s soul is not easy, yet she did just that. This autobiography was a rebirthing experience for her.

What gets lost in the shuffle? Awful narcissistic behavior and glossing over the hurt caused by someone who truly and brutally only cared about herself. Hey, she explained what happened and didn’t hold back on anything, for this Belinda must be very highly commended. I mean that. About 1% of all public figures go into such honest and accurate details with their “this is who I am/was” books. She had the balls to do it.

She may have “kinda” lost site of the fact that jet setting toward sobriety (3 week trips to India, Cartier jewelry on 50th bday and “met friends in Belgium”) are not how most have achieved theirs. Her experiences were not relatable to 98% of those struggling with alcohol, drug or depression issues.

Belinda speaks of her husband and child as cast characters in her life. Leaving them for days/weeks/months to imbibe everything her “glamorous” life could and would feed her. Only dealing with them when it was convenient or when she “needed” them. This stuff is tough to swallow. It left me feeling that there were deeper and more troubling transgressions which most likely have/had occurred, but were not revealed.

I give Belinda a “10” for telling her story, and fully admire her guts and pretty straight up honesty. However, I WOULD like to ask her one question: “How did you hope people would react?”

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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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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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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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Good Honest Story!

Wow! What a struggle with abuse!! Amazing woman who finally figured it out!!! good Job!!

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Well Worth The Time

I started listening to this, as I ran a mini marathon (13.1 miles) and finished it, the day after. This story reaffirms that, how you see yourself will determine where you go, how you get there and how fast you get there. I've always found the Go-Go's story to be rock & roll's most fascinating because it was the most unlikely. So, to have Belinda fill in all the details of her odyssey makes me eager to see what the story of the other "girls" are.

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Hmmmm. Wanted to enjoy this but found it kinda dull and basic. The drug abuse is very boring, and the eventual discovery of kundalini yoga by way of recovery is very LA cringe.