A revelatory memoir by rock icon and legendary guitarist Peter Frampton.
Do You Feel Like I Do? is the incredible story of Peter Frampton's positively resilient life and career told in his own words for the first time. His monu-mental album Frampton Comes Alive! spawned three top-twenty singles and sold eight million copies the year it was released (more than seventeen million to date), and it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in January 2020.
Frampton was on a path to stardom from an early age, first as the lead singer and guitarist of the Herd and then as cofounder -- along with Steve Marriott -- of one of the first supergroups, Humble Pie. Frampton was part of a tight-knit collective of British '60s musicians with close ties to the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, and the Who. This led to Frampton playing on George Harrison's solo debut, All Things Must Pass, as well as to Ringo Starr and Billy Preston appearing on Frampton's own solo debut. By age twenty-two, Frampton was touring incessantly and finding new sounds with the talk box, which would become his signature guitar effect.
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 unshakable bond. Frampton also shares fascinating stories of his collaborative work with Harry Nilsson, Stevie Wonder, B. B. King, and members of Pearl Jam. He reveals both the blessing and curse of Frampton Comes Alive!, opening up about becoming the cover boy he never wanted to be, his overcoming sub-stance abuse, and how he has continued to play and pour his heart into his music despite an inflammatory muscle disease and his retirement from the road.
Peppered throughout his narrative is the story of his favorite guitar, the Phenix, which he thought he'd lost in a fiery plane crash in 1980. But in 2011, it mysteriously showed up again -- saved from the wreckage. Frampton tells of that unlikely reunion here in full for the first time, and why the miraculous reappearance is emblematic of his life and career as a quintessential artist.
Frampton ascended to rock-god heaven on the propulsive riffs of his 1976 album Frampton Comes Alive! and almost as quickly, his career plummeted. In this rambling memoir, Frampton chronicles his lifelong passion for music, but also delves into his depression and alcoholism, bouts of ill health, and recovery from a near-fatal car crash. Frampton was playing the guitar at eight years old; six years later, his band the Preachers opened for the Rolling Stones. In 1968, he and Steve Marriott formed the blues-rock band Humble Pie, but Frampton departed a few years later to "be in charge of his own destiny" and released four solo albums between 1972 and 1976. He confesses that the sudden popularity of Frampton Comes Alive! left him afraid of never living up to its success, which "had a lot to do with my starting to drink too much and do drugs and whatever." Touring and partying tales are packed with cameos from "Dave" Bowie, "Mick and Keith," and Stevie Wonder. In the end, Frampton finds optimism in sobriety and songwriting: "when you least expect it, you get a new idea." There's a perhaps surprising tuneless feel to the work, which comes across more as a meandering monologue than a fully formed narrative. Frampton's fans, though, will likely hang on his every word. \n
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Fantastic Frampton Memoir
I am THEE unequivocal biggest Frampton fan and I have the fights in High School when things went soft in '79 to prove it.
If you are a Beatles, Stones, The Who, British Invasion and Bowie fan then these stories alone are worth the price of admission for this page turner!
I still dream of playing with Pete and I finally got my BLPC3PUP so I'm ready to go! Thank you Pete!
Love you brother, Richard "Flash" Minor
Great read. I was in the Frampton Comes Alive crowd, and as great as the songs and LP were it all got so huge I personally had heard enough Peter Frampton as far I was concerned by 1977. You can’t imagine how radio overplayed this LP. Then recently he DJ’d some shows on SiriusXM that I caught and loved what he played and he was the nicest most humble dude, and he did a long interview with Howard Stern playing fantastic solo live in the studio. Suddenly I’m interested anew and start devouring early Humble Pie I’d missed out on and remain knocked out by those records. He and Steve Marriott created boogie rock and a whole lot more. All this history is in this book, the rise, fall, rebirth and incredible longevity of his music, and he still seems like a helluva nice guy!
Excellent musician biography ... warts & all
I appreciate Peters unvarnished visit through his life. I particularly enjoyed reading about his early influences, friends, and the time period the various events occurred.