Go-Go’s bassist’s bombshells: Dropped LSD as a child, pregnant at 12

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The Go-Go’s bassist Kathy Valentine’s new book “All I Ever Wanted: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir” is full of bombshells of the rocker’s time in the spotlight.

The 63-year-old detailed her experiences in the popular girl band, her tough Texas childhood and partying with Rod Stewart.

She also shockingly revealed that she did LSD and got pregnant as a pre-teen.

Valentine wrote that while she and her group were revered by their male peers, music executives gave them the moniker “pop sweethearts” and refused to take them seriously.

“If ‘pop sweethearts’ did acid at Graceland, threw up on the floor at fancy restaurants, cheated on their boyfriends, took nasty Polaroids, made out with girls, watched fringe porn, and stayed up all night writing songs and playing guitars, well, maybe their stupid label might fit,” she wrote.

Valentine was born in Austin, Texas, and was raised by a single mom. Drug dealers would often sleep over at her home, she claimed.

“It was LSD named like crazy candy: Orange Sunshine, Windowpane, Clear Light,” she wrote about the drugs she experienced in her younger years. “We could pool our lunch money to buy a few hits.”

When the musician was just 12 years old, she said, she was found drunk in her neighbor’s garden. That same year, she lost her virginity to the 14-year-old older brother of a friend — and subsequently became pregnant and had an abortion. Just two years later, at age 14, she was raped.

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Gina Schock, Belinda Carlisle, Alison Ellwood, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey, and Kathy Valentine from The Go-Gos poses for a portrait at the Pizza Hut Lounge on January 25, 2020 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Emily Assiran/Getty Images for Pizza Hut)
Go-Go’s band members Gina Schock, Belinda Carlisle, Alison Ellwood, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey and Kathy Valentine in January 2020.
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Valentine also described a major moment in her life when she realized she loved music. In 1973, she went to visit her mom’s family in the UK, where she checked out “Top Of The Pops” — a British music chart television program — playing on television. There she witnessed “Can the Can” singer Suzi Quatro playing. The “Devil Gate Drive” singer became Valentine’s inspiration.

“I was 14 years old, and there she was: Suzi Quatro, a bass player fronting a rock band of guys,” said the “We Got the Beat” crooner.

The "Go Go's" in Sydney at the Capital Theatre. Beauties with a beat: the five members of the top US all-female rock band, the Go Go's, who start a national tour at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, last night ***** Gina Schock, Jane Wiedlin, Kathy Valentine, Charlotte Caffey and Belinda Carlisle. Their hit album, Beauty and the Beat, has topped the US album chart ***** appear at the Capitol again tonight. June 22, 1982. (Photo by Paul Matthews/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).
Kathy Valentine in Sydney, Australia, in 1982.
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“Seeing her doing what I had seen only men do changed everything,” she continued. “From that moment, I had one goal: to be in a kickass band with a gang of like-minded girls and claim the life I wanted for myself.”

She later moved to Los Angeles in 1978 to pursue music after learning how to play the guitar from one of her mother’s boyfriends.

She joined the Go-Go’s in 1980, two years after the group had formed. The original band consisted of Belinda Carlisle, Charlotte Caffey, Jane Wiedlin, Gina Schock and bassist Margot Olavarria. However, after the group reportedly grew annoyed with Olavarria’s “punk” attitude, Valentine was brought in as a replacement. 

“Light Years” soloist Valentine left the band in 1985 and subsequently became an alcoholic and fell onto hard times. Valentine has been sober for the last 33 years and has since reunited with the group several times, including for their current international tour.

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