By Belinda Carlisle
The ladies of the enduring eighties band the Go-Go’s will consistently be remembered as they seemed at the again in their debut list: sunny, smiling, every one soaking in her personal deepest bubble bathtub with candies and fizz. The picture is an ideal tribute to the joys, irreverent model of father tune that the Go-Go’s created, however it additionally conceals the rigors and mystery demons that the participants of the group—and, specifically, 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 concerns, having been teased for her pudginess all through grade institution, and grappled along with her confusion approximately being abandoned via her organic father as a baby. This proficient yet faulty youngster came upon solace within the punk rock global that so brazenly welcomed misfits—even notwithstanding popularity had its rate.
Not lengthy after forming, the Go-Go’s turned queens of the L.A. punk scene—they offered out venues, attracted a fiercely dependable fan base, and outpartied virtually each male band they toured with—and within the method kicked down the doorways to the all-boys’ membership of eighties rock and roll. With a chart-topping debut album, Belinda came upon herself introduced to overseas superstardom—and with that reputation got here extra entry to A-list events, or even extra alcohol
and medications to gasoline Go-Go’s mania. necessarily, Belinda started to self-destruct.
Lips Unsealed is full of the wild tales that Belinda Carlisle lovers are loss of life to hear—stories concerning the band’s loopy days on travel with acts just like the Police and insanity and the superb events and folks to whom the Go-Go’s had unique entry. yet greater than that, this candid memoir finds the gritty turn facet 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 push, fall, and eventual rebirth as a spouse, mom, and sober artist will depart you wistfully fantasizing in regards to the eighties decadence she epitomized, but in addition cringing on the darkish melancholy hidden at the back of her fascinating smile. one of many infrequent adventures via rock stardom instructed by means of a girl, Lips Unsealed is finally a love letter to music—to the individuals 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, notwithstanding deeply mistaken, was once, and continues to be, totally lived.
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