June 19, 2010

Going to a Go-Go: Reading Belinda Carlisle...



My favourite Kindle vacation reading so far this year is Lips Unsealed, the new autobiography by Go Go's lead singer Belinda Carlisle.

I love love love 70s and 80s music. I saw a total of three concerts last year and two of them were Styx and Fleetwood Mac. And I luuuuved the Go Go's... Our Lips Are Sealed, We Got the Beat, Vacation, Cool Jerk, and so on, how could you not love that stuff? And when they split, I moved past my heartbreak and came to embrace lead singer Belinda Carlisle and her solo stuff, like Mad About You and Heaven is a Place on Earth. More recently, I thought she looked stylin' in Playboy, and forgave her for Dancing with the Stars.

Now the lead Go Go has unsealed her lips with her new autobiography, and it is fantastic. I expected tales of record company excess and stupidity, inside scoop on the punk and pop scene of the 80s, and some partying and drugging stuff. I got all that and way more.

In this modern Cinderella tale, our heroine goes from unhappy child in broken home to fame and fortune... and drugs, eating disorders, alcohol, blackouts, wacky money stuff, and more. Carlisle tells the inside story of the group and her solo stuff, with anecdotes of all the great songs, and some not so great ones; she also tells about record company shenanigans, her 30-year drug habit, her lifelong weight struggle and longtime eating disorder, her affairs with people like INXS singer Michael Hutchence before her long term marriage, scoop on other celebs she toured with (Robert Palmer was nasty, Rod Stewart was grouchy), and her son coming out to her when he was a teen, and how she is cool with it. Woo hoo!

The lady partied a lot and lived to tell, with a midlife coming sober and somewhat spiritual (don't worry, it's not all kumbayah). The book is smart and honest and dishy.... great summer reading!

Next up is Pat Benatar's new autobiography. I am so stuck in the 80s...

6 comments:

Annie (Lady M) x said...

Wow, I always had this impression of her being a squeaky clean popstar .... might have to give this one a read

Ray's Cowboy said...

Loved the GoGo's. Now when Pat does her boi. I will be there for 2 books. I was always more of a fan of her's.
Ray

Will Burke said...

I felt the same when Slash put out his bio. He was kind about Axle in a big brother way. "I can vent about him 'cause I invested the time, but ya'll can shut your pie-holes, 'cause you weren't there."

Brahm (alfred lives here) said...

Lips Unsealed is a great read! Benatar's book came out this week -- see, I wasnt kidding -- and I am just starting it.

When is Rick Astley gonna write a book? And do we care...?

So stuck in the 80s...

Saucy B said...

Rick Astley LOL. nice blast from the past. The GoGo's are on my 80's playlist on my iPod for sure. and growing up I kind of wanted to BE Pat Benatar. book sounds like a nice guilty pleasure of a read.

Kate@And Then I Was a Mom said...

Oh, man, Belinda. I cannot (or won't) even tell you how many "dance parties" my best friend and I had to the tune of "Heaven is a Place on Earth." Suffice it to say it was in the millions. Years later, I still want her hair.

Thanks for an unexpected book recommendation...

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