Do You Feel Like I Do?: A Memoir, the story of Peter Frampton’s life and career told in his own words for the first time, is out today via Hachette Books. The book, written with acclaimed music journalist Alan Light, is available in hardcover, e-book, and audio formats, and is receiving early critical praise:
“It’s a fascinating read that takes you at a steady clip from Frampton’s childhood memories through his days as a teen prodigy to the moment he first realized being cute could be the bane of his existence, meeting Jimi Hendrix, forming Humble Pie, cutting ‘Frampton Comes Alive’ and every high and low along the way to his farewell tour.”
“…bracing new memoir.”
“Frampton’s renowned gift for songwriting translates to storytelling, and his vivid, conversational style lends this memoir the intimacy of a coffee shop chat—just you, Peter Frampton, and the pressing question: ‘Do you feel like I do?’”
“Frampton’s self-deprecation and willingness to take responsibility for his choices
win readers over…full of appealing anecdotes involving the many musical favorites
with whom Frampton has played…his determination is inspiring. Frampton
provided a soundtrack for a generation; here’s the story…Entertaining and rousing, on
the stage and now on the page, Frampton Comes Alive.”
Yesterday, Frampton spoke with CBS This Morning’s Anthony Mason about the memoir, watch here. And he caught up with TODAY Show’s Al Roker this morning, watch here.
In his memoir, Frampton shares stories of his diverse collaborative work and reveals both the blessing and curse of Frampton Comes Alive!, his breakout 1976 live album that spawned three top-20 singles and sold 8 million copies the year it was released (over 17 million to date). He opens up about his experience grappling with fame at a young age and how he continues to play despite an inflammatory muscle disease. Woven throughout is the story of his favorite guitar, which he thought he’d lost in a plane crash in 1980 but reappeared in 2011, saved from the wreckage.
Frampton remembers his enduring friendship with David Bowie. Growing up as schoolmates, crossing paths throughout their careers, and playing together on the Glass Spider Tour, the two developed an unshakeable bond. Frampton also shares stories of his work with George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Wyman, Ringo Starr, and members of Pearl Jam.
Peter Frampton is among the most celebrated guitarists in rock history. His 1976 album, Frampton Comes Alive! remains one of the top-selling live records of all time and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in January. At 18, he co-founded one of the first supergroups, Humble Pie. By 22, he was touring incessantly and making use of the talk box which would become his signature guitar effect.
He’s collaborated with such legendary artists as George Harrison, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Ringo Starr, among many others, and he’s toured with the likes of Stevie Nicks, Greg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, and the Steve Miller Band. In 2007, he won the Grammy Award for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” for Fingerprints, and in 2014 he was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. His latest release, All Blues (UMe), was #1 for fifteen weeks on Billboard’s Blues Chart. Frampton has voiced himself in “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” and appeared on “The Colbert Report” and “Madam Secretary.” For Cameron Crowe’s film, Almost Famous, Frampton wrote songs, served as an advisor, and played the role of Reg.
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