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Lips Unsealed: A Memoir

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  1,800 Ratings  ·  235 Reviews
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 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 th ...more
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Published June 1st 2010 by Crown Archetype (first published 2010)
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Pretty good. I am, and always have been, a big Go Go's fan. It started off really interesting but by the end was a little monotonous and I felt like screaming "Either get off the blow or die already!"
Jul 19, 2010 christa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Belinda Carlisle in the back of a clunky brown passenger van in the summer of 1987, my walkman spinning the cassette of her debut solo album, "Belinda." On the cover, the most beautiful woman in the world was dressed in all black against a Hubba Bubba pink backdrop, her bob flung whimsically in a way that said "I'm the kind of girl who tosses her hair. I'm always having fun."

To see her on MTV supported this personae. In her videos, Belinda Carlisle spun and rolled in the sand
I loved the Go-Gos. I still love the Go-Go's. What I wasn't too hot about was Belinda's autobiography. While it was quite enlightening to read about her struggles with addiction and weight issues, it seemed throughout the book as if she was striving for more sympathy, by piling on more and more of things that went wrong. She glossed over the Go-Go's(in my opinion) and the fact that they were a pretty big part of the 80's(girl groups, that unlike the Monkees, played their own instruments, did the ...more
Aug 14, 2010 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a Go-Go's fan and/or a Belinda Carlisle fan, you will enjoy her autobiography entitled Lips Unsealed. Although her book is marketed as a memoir, I believe it to be more autobiographical. In an autobiography, the author discusses one's entire life from birth to the present. In a memoir, the author focuses on an aspect or a snapshot. Belinda focuses on three main points of her life: her musical influences and coming-of-age as a Go-Go, her alcohol and drug addictions that haunted her for ...more
Aug 16, 2010 Alicia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the stuff about the LA punk scene in the early 80s. But the tales of the $300-a-day coke habit for 20+ years were really repetitive, as these things tend to be. Still, there were some especially impressive feats in cocaine intake. For example, JOHN BELUSHI cautioned Belinda about her drug use. That's right, John Belushi. And also, Rod Stewart scolded her for partying too hard and keeping him up all night. Rod Stewart! And also, she did coke in her five-year-old son's elementary school ba ...more
Feb 23, 2013 Sally rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was at the library and saw this book in the return pile and thought, Hey! Belinda Carlisle! I was a Go Go's fan, owned their first 2 albums in my record collection. Judging from the title, I thought this should be a good read about the Go Go's told by the lead-singer herself. However....
Belinda, Belinda, Belinda! You seriously glossed over the years with the Go Go's and wrote a book about a coke/alcohol addiction lasting 30yrs! Hardcore! Why are you still alive?! And why did it take you 30yrs
Sep 08, 2010 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 22, 2012 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the year for the rock memoir. There are new books by Keith Richard, Paul McCartney, Pat Benatar and Belinda Carlyle to name just a few.

About a week ago I read Pat Benatar's Between a Heart and a Rock Place: A Memoir and just finished this one today. The experience of the music industry as lived by these two women couldn't be more different. Both came from modest families, but Benatar's was stable and Carlyle's was not. Besides the chaotic home life, Carlyle's trials as a teen basically a
Jul 16, 2010 Diana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was extremely scattered. Apparently Belinda Carlisle thinks the Go-Go's had more of a profound effect on music than I thought, but ah well... She is deliciously self-absorbed, and of course she finds yoga, and spirituality that help her quit her rampant drug use. Apparently her husband and son were not enough to do the trick. I read this after seeing an interview with her, and kind of thinking she seemed cold and detached, and this book left me with no different of an impression of her ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Dachokie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Not a Happy Tale ..., September 28, 2010

When I saw this book, I thought it was a "must-read" for me. The Go-Gos' music musically documented a period of my generation, just like "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" did visually. Similar to Robert Plant or Mick Jagger, Belinda Carlisle easily commanded attention as a gregarious vocalist of a popular music group ... and over the years, the tabloid stories and a surprise "Playboy" picture spread generated obvious clues that she had a story to tell. Initia
Sep 02, 2015 Books rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2015
Just to give a quick background:
I grew up with Belinda Carlisle’s music, but I never knew she was the lead singer for the Go-Go’s. In fact, I can’t say I’ve ever heard of them before reading this book (YouTube, here I come!). I only know Belinda’s music from when they were hits on the radio in the late eighties / early nineties, and I was in high school then. She always seemed like a straight shooter and that was my perception of her all these years. Now after finishing her memoir, my view of he
Apr 30, 2012 Paula rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I used to have a simple dislike for Belinda Carlisle. Now I have a more nuanced and complicated dislike for her. But I will give her this: she had a lousy childhood, and she made something of herself, for which I give her credit. And I really enjoyed reading about the early days of the GoGos, when they were like any other punk band trying to make their way. The stardom and coke and glamor stuff that comes after is pretty boring. While reading, I was inspired to check out her solo albums just to ...more
Apr 10, 2010 Beth marked it as maybe  ·  review of another edition
terrible title!
Neil McGarry
Jun 08, 2012 Neil McGarry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an ardent Go-Go's fan, this was a must-read for me. Belinda was never my favorite of the five (Jane Wiedlin and Kathy Valentine are more my speed), but if she had been, Lips Unsealed might have changed my mind.

Beginning from her early childhood, Lips Unsealed follows Carlisle's career from struggle to stardom to decline, and the most common element of it all is drugs and music--and the inability to cope with either. There are some great insights into the music industry in this book, although
I'm surprised Belinda Carlisle remembers as much as she does (or claims to) with how coked out of her mind she was during the rise of this all-girl band from So Cal. I had no idea she was such an addict. (JOHN BELUSHI warned her about her cocaine problem shortly before he died! Shouldn't that be, like, a gigantic, glowing, blinking, neon, red flag?!) I was surprised to learn that the band got their start in punk music. I'd have to say the first part of the book was the ONLY part I really enjoyed ...more
Oh brother. Did you know that Belinda Carlisle, lead singer of The Go Go's and adult solo artist, had a raging cocaine addiction for almost 30 years? I did not, but now, after reading her memoir, do. I hate to say this, but she does not come across as a very nice person. Her memoir begins with her childhood in Southern California, and includes interesting details about the early L.A. punk scene. The story follows her success in The Go Go's, her love affair with INXS front man Michael Hutchense, ...more
Oct 30, 2010 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Go-Go's. 'Beauty and the Beat' was the first record album I bought with my own money, and I've been a huge fan of the group for as long as I can remember. Following them in fanzines and the press, I'd always heard about Belinda's antics so I had to read this book to get the story from 'the horse's mouth'.

The book is good. She doesn't get into too much detail, but she's very open. The tone is conversational, and it was very interesting to hear about the group's start and her early lif
Jul 13, 2012 jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook-d, ladyish, 2012
This book is actually not great but I enjoyed it. The storytelling is flat and shallow, the gossip is slim and Belinda really wants you to appreciate how far she fell so you can appreciate how far she's come during recovery. It is more of an addiction memoir than a chronicle of the Go-Go's. While it's not a great addiction memoir, I managed to find enough to like about it. I appreciated the parts about growing up in the 1980s Los Angeles punk scene, living in gross punk houses and crashing on co ...more
Oct 07, 2011 Alexis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, addicts
I quite liked this book. I wanted to give it 3.5 stars but alas that is not an option here. I have great memories of being a little girl listening to the Go-Gos and then Belinda herself as a solo artist. I always thought she was adorable. The ending about how she found yoga and chanting was a bit meh for me as that is not my thing but hey whatever lets you sleep at night as I always say. I think it was a very honest memoir and you get to see a side of her that has been hidden from the world. I w ...more
Apr 26, 2013 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I think of drug abusing music stars from the 80's, Belinda Carlisle didn't really come to mind before I read this book. But the extent of her addictions (and the fact that she was able to survive them) is actually quite impressive. Most of the book revolved around her moving from one demon in her life to the next. I probably shouldn't have even read this, since it totally shattered the girl next door image of Belinda Carlisle that teenage Ben had naively held onto for the past twenty years. ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Etcetorize rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Belinda Carlisle
I was a teen girl in the 80's so of course that means I was a big fan of the Go-Go's and later a bigger fan of Belinda Carlisle in her solo years. This book is a good account of how the band formed, their early trials before they became famous, and what lead to the downfall and eventual break up of the band.

There isn't a large amount of emotion in the recounting of the tales of the past for Carlisle, then again, maybe that's because she was completely out of it for most of her life. I was startl
Dec 14, 2009 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-bio-rock
I was never a big Go Go's fan (and always hated that apostrophe in the band name) and really wasn't sorry Belinda Carlisle was the first one to get kicked off of Dancing with the Stars a year or so ago, so I'm not sure why I wanted to read this book, but I did. And now I feel that's a few hours of my life I'll never get back. However, there were parts that were interesting (I didn't realize they started as a punk band) and of course there's always the rock gossip that is always amusing. However, ...more
V. Briceland
When it comes to celebrity memoirs, I can't think of any I've read that have quite as many eye-popping drug-related revelations as Carlisle's tell-all. In fact, I'm not sure how any of them are going to top Carlisle's confession about taking a large opium ball as a suppository. And I'm not sure I'm really want to find out.

Carlisle's memoir is a fairly absorbing read about her outsider childhood and adolescence and the founding, flare-ups, and eventual reconciliations between the Go-Go's, mostly
Jun 10, 2013 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am a sucker for rock star memoirs. These people are generally very messed up. That makes me feel better about my messed up life. I think I like to see the decision making process of those that are touted in the press as "people to be like". Mostly I like to read the retarded decisions they made, and kept making, because no one tells the famous "no". Belinda was no exception. I liked the honesty here, but it became tedious to read "another coke" chapter. There was not much to glean in the learn ...more
Dr. Detroit
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. She marries well, births a beautiful son, and winds up with a respectable solo catalog but you j ...more
When I think of Belinda Carlisle, the first song that comes to mind is her hit "Heaven is a Place on Earth" that came out while I was in high school. I was a fan of hers, loving the music she wrote and came out with. Little did I realize until reading this book, what she really was like...into the hard core rocker party scene...and its only been in recent years that shes come to terms with her past problems and seems to have a great outlook on life.

This book was a good read...I enjoyed reading a
Devin Tait
Aug 20, 2012 Devin Tait rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book on a Saturday morning, just intending to pass some time before I would begin my day. Well, the "day" never happened, because I could not put the book down - I just read it from cover to cover, stopping only to eat lunch. It was that much of a page-turner. Admittedly, I am a huge Go-Go's fan, and grew up with Belinda's solo music, and I own all of her CD's. It was great to hear her behind-the-scenes versions of what went on behind the making of each album, the tours, t ...more
Sep 29, 2012 Mehjabeen is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't a review but an anticipation of reading a book I've wanted to read a long time. As a big Go-Gos fan and admirer of Belinda in all the tabloid spreads with her handsome hubby starting, I thought her life was so cool. I listed to the Mad About You LP so much I had to go get another one after a few years. Anyway, ho hum, gonna read this and take a trip down memory lane. Canadian fans, she was on Jian Ghomeshi's Q 2 years back to promo the book and while I'd heard of her drug and alchohol ...more
Jan 13, 2012 Becca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Extensively covers her drug abuse (to the point of tedium, listing out every gig and particular substance taken, with whom), but somehow it felt like she was really holding back. Very reserved, factual, and minimalist in how she describes things.

I felt like she is really in denial about how horrific her son's childhood must have been (she only got sober a few years ago), and she only seemed to get help because her husband was about to leave her. I am waiting for the next memoir to come out in a
Becky Sandham Mathwin
A junk book I picked up at the library on a whim. I'm not a big Go Go's fan so I don't really know why I thought I'd be interested in this. I really don't care for Belinda too much (or at least how she portrays herself in this memoir). I finished the book but I skimmed through parts of it. What a narcissistic person. I give her credit for being very honest about her drug and alcohol problems but feel sorry that her husband and son had to put up with her issues for so long. I know drug/alcohol ad ...more
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Belinda Jo Carlisle is a Grammy Award–nominated American singer. After beginning her career as a drummer or backup singer for some Los Angeles music groups, she achieved international recognition in the early 80s as lead singer of the new wave group The Go-Go's. The Go-Go's made history as the first all-woman band that both entirely wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the ...more
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