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[Book Review] Lips Unsealed

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Title: Lips Unsealed
Author: Belinda Carlisle
Publisher: Crown Publishings, June 1st, 2010
Language: English
Format: E-Book

Book Blurb

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 the members of the group—and, in particular, its lead singer, Belinda Carlisle—struggled with on their rise to stardom.

Leaving her unstable childhood home at the age of eighteen, Belinda battled serious weight issues, having been teased for her pudginess throughout grade school, and grappled with her confusion about being deserted by her biological father as a child. 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—they sold out venues, attracted a fiercely loyal fan base, and outpartied almost every male band they toured with—and in the process kicked down the doors to the all-boys’ club of eighties rock and roll. 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.

Lips Unsealed is filled with the wild stories that Belinda Carlisle fans are dying to hear—stories about the band’s crazy days on tour with acts like the Police and Madness and the fabulous parties and people to whom the Go-Go’s had exclusive access. But more than that, this candid memoir reveals the gritty flip side to the glitz, as Belinda shares her private struggles with abusive relationships, weight, and self-esteem, and a thirty-year battle with drug and alcohol addiction.

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 eighties decadence she epitomized, but also cringing at the dark despair hidden behind her charming smile. One of the rare adventures through rock stardom told by a woman, Lips Unsealed is ultimately a love letter to music—to the members of the Go-Go’s, who’ve maintained lifelong friendships, and to the beloved husband and son who led Belinda to sobriety—and the story of a life that, though deeply flawed, was, and is still, fully lived.

Thoughts

Lips Unsealed is another drug-addict memoir. Why is it interesting? Because I can draw conclusions: a broken-home product, trashed, stranded in Hollywood hell-hole, join a band, get famous, binge on drugs or alcohol, get sober, then back to drugs, and the cycle continues. That’s what I got from many celebrity memoirs. Seems like Hollyood addicts have the same pattern.

Belinda Carlisle was one of them. Unhappy with her life, she ranaway to Hollywood. Crashed a party at Hollywood rock scenes, formed The Go-Go’s in the late 70s. Blinded by the glam and glitz of Hollywood, she partied everywhere: backstage, clubs, hotel room, just everywhere. Hit a line of coke, got high, and drunk on stage.
The Go-Go’s got famous, the members were filled with egos, and they’re disbanded.

Belinda became a solo artist. The album rocketed to US & UK charts. She continued doing drugs. Marriage and pregnancy didn’t stop her use of cocaine. She stopped using drugs when she was pregnant, but continued to binge after that.
Drug addicts tend to lie, hide and deny the addiction. Sooner or later, people around them will notice the problem. The obvious signs will show. That happened to Belinda. Million times she pledged to stop, until her husband couldn’t take it anymore.

Slowly bit sure, Belinda stayed away from drugs and alcohol, then finally she was totally sober. She found her solace on yoga and spiritual enlightenment in India.

Lips Unsealed is not as crazy as It’s So Easy (Duff McKagan) or The Heroin Diaries (Nikki Sixx) but I enjoyed reading this book.
It’s not perfectly written. Sometimes the athor jumped from one subject to another. I could feel Belinda’s anger and frustration.

Belinda is one oc my 80s heroes. I didn’t follow The Go-Go’s (I only recognize one song “We Got The Beat”). Literally, I grew up listening to her solo albums, like “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” and “Runaway Horses”. She’s unique and her red hair was significant. I was surprised to learn that she was struggling with drug addiction.

I’m happy to know that she can save her marriage.

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[Book Review] This Is Gonna Hurt – Nikki Sixx

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Title: This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx
Author: Nikki Sixx
Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (April 12, 2011)
Language: English
Format: Ebook
Genre: Autobiography/Memoir

This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx is part photo, part journal—but all Nikki Sixx. It is a collection of compelling photography and stories that capture the rage, love, optimism, darkness, and determination that shape his work. Combining the raw authenticity that defined his New York Times bestseller The Heroin Diaries with a photographic journey, This Is Gonna Hurt chronicles Sixx’s experiences—from his early years filled with toxic waste, to his success with Motley Crue, to his death from an OD and his eventual rebirth through music, photography, and love.

Love story, bad-ass rock tell-all, social commentary, family memoir, This Is Gonna Hurt offers the compelling insights of an artist and a man struggling to survive, connect, and find a happy ending—a search that fuels Sixx’s being.

Bottom line, this book is amazingly stunning. Love every page, enjoy every line. Not as raw as The Heroin Diaries. No more wild parties, crazy sex, and all those things rock stars usually do. It’s amazing how Nikki found his true self through death, loss, and pain. He had a painful past, abandoned by both parents, grew up, became a wild child and struggled with personal demons. Life was cruel, but kind at the same time. Nikki said he came to the revelation about music, his relationship with his bandmates, recovery, and grief by Lisa’s death.

Nikki was sober in 1989, continued touring with Mötley Crüe, fell in and out of love. This book is more well-structured than The Heroin Diaries. And, of course, Nikki is maturing during This Is Gonna Hurt.

Nikki admits that he has the indication to get addicted to things. He replaced drugs with music, photography and writing, which are addicting according to Nikki.

Th pictures are beautiful. Nikki said he could see the beauty in people who are considered ugly. He was judged by a mother in Prague because of his looks.

This book is stunning. The words were beautifully crafted and there are so many beautiful quotes that touch my heart. It’s not just a celebrity memoir, it’s a collection of deep thoughts of a former junkie who happens to be a rock legend.

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