By Belinda Carlisle
The ladies of the long-lasting eighties band the Go-Go’s will constantly be remembered as they seemed at the again in their debut checklist: sunny, smiling, every one soaking in her personal inner most bubble bathtub with candies and fizz. The photograph is an ideal tribute to the joys, irreverent model of father track that the Go-Go’s created, however it additionally conceals the rigors and mystery demons that the contributors of the group—and, particularly, its lead singer, Belinda Carlisle—struggled with on their upward push to stardom.
Leaving her volatile formative years domestic on the age of eighteen, Belinda battled critical weight matters, having been teased for her pudginess all through grade tuition, and grappled together with her confusion approximately being abandoned by means of her organic father as a baby. This proficient yet faulty youngster discovered solace within the punk rock international that so overtly welcomed misfits—even even though recognition had its fee.
Not lengthy after forming, the Go-Go’s grew to become queens of the L.A. punk scene—they offered out venues, attracted a fiercely unswerving fan base, and outpartied virtually each male band they toured with—and within the approach kicked down the doorways to the all-boys’ membership of eighties rock and roll. With a chart-topping debut album, Belinda chanced on herself introduced to overseas superstardom—and with that status got here extra entry to A-list events, or even extra alcohol
and medicines to gasoline Go-Go’s mania. necessarily, Belinda started to self-destruct.
Lips Unsealed is stuffed with the wild tales that Belinda Carlisle lovers are death to hear—stories in regards to the band’s loopy days on travel with acts just like the Police and insanity and the exceptional events and other people to whom the Go-Go’s had unique entry. yet greater than that, this candid memoir unearths the gritty turn aspect to the glitz, as Belinda stocks her inner most struggles with abusive relationships, weight, and vanity, and a thirty-year conflict with drug and alcohol dependancy.
This spellbinding and stunning examine her upward thrust, fall, and eventual rebirth as a spouse, mom, and sober artist will go away you wistfully fantasizing concerning the eighties decadence she epitomized, but in addition cringing on the darkish melancholy hidden at the back of her captivating smile. one of many infrequent adventures via rock stardom advised via a lady, Lips Unsealed is eventually a love letter to music—to the contributors of the Go-Go’s, who’ve maintained lifelong friendships, and to the loved husband and son who led Belinda to sobriety—and the tale of a lifestyles that, although deeply mistaken, was once, and remains to be, absolutely lived.
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