Peter Frampton’s memoir Do You Feel Like I Do? has officially been released. Peter talks about wanting to write a book and the timing of his memoir.
After being diagnosed in 2015 with Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM) -- a progressive muscle disorder that causes muscle inflammation, weakness, and atrophy -- he made writing his memoir a priority.
Peter said,"My manager was always there reminding me -- 'You remember you said you'd once like to do a book? Is now the time?' So he definitely gently nudged me in the right direction there, and I just thought it was the appropriate time to do it before I forget anything more. And also, because things were sort of winding down in my touring career and I'd have more time."
The book’s title is inspired by his 1973 hit, "Do You Feel Like We Do," changing the "we" to "I."
Peter talked about choosing the title of his book: "Even though 'Show Me the Way,' 'Baby, I Love Your Way' were pop hits from that live album [Frampton Comes Alive], the one that, it's like an anthem now, is 'Do You Feel.' So, it was pretty obvious that that should be the title."
In the memoir, Frampton doesn't hold back. He wrote about his successes and failures in both his career as well as his own life. He covered his time in The Herd and Humble Pie; his solo success following the release of Frampton Comes Alive; also issues with his manager Dee Anthony; failed marriages; his battles with drugs and alcohol; playing in David Bowie's band; dealing with his muscular disease; his big farewell tour; life during the pandemic and much more.
Frampton talked about what he wants people to come away with after reading his memoir:
"I think it's a book that shows that we all have our battles. Either you know someone in your family that's having a battle -- whether it be relationship or health or losing their job. And so I just wanted people to see that when you find yourself in a hole and things look really grim, you got to find the strength to brush yourself off, pick yourself up and move on and see the future as optimistic. And then you will rise up out of that hole and you will continue."