The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey

The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey


By (author) Phil Collins, Other Ben Powell, Other Gary S. Zaboly

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  • Publisher: State House Press
  • Format: Hardback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 222mm x 290mm x 30mm | 1,746g
  • Publication date: 15 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Abilene
  • ISBN 10: 1933337508
  • ISBN 13: 9781933337500
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.), col. maps
  • Sales rank: 1,011,339

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When Phil Collins was a kid growing up in a London suburb, he would often watch an amazing show on his family television. There, in black and white, was Fess Parker as Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. As he matured, Collins not only acted out the exploits of his new hero, but he often refought the Battle of the Alamo with his toy soldiers. Even though music came to dominate his life, it was this love of history--and Davy Crockett and the Alamo in particular--that was always near by. On one musical tour, Collins encountered his first David Crockett autograph--for sale at a store called the Gallery of History. "I didn't know this stuff was out there, that you could own it," the rock-n-roll legend said. "It had never occurred to him. Later, he received a birthday-present that would change his life: a receipt for a saddle signed by an Alamo defender. From that point forward, the drummer began building his impressive Alamo and Texas Revolution collection. Here, for the first time in history, are the artifacts, relics, and documents that compose the Phil Collins collection, available in a beautifully designed color book shot-through with stunning photography and crisply rendered illustrations. Collins's prose takes the reader through the joys of being a collector as he lovingly describes what each piece in this impressive assemblage means to him. Photographer Ben Powell of Austin brought these items to vivid relief, and artist Gary Zaboly's masterful pen-and-ink drawings breath life into the items. Essays by Texas historians Bruce Winders, Don Frazier, and Stephen Hardin provide the historical background to the collection and help make this into a work of art that also serves handily as a serious research tool. "The link below takes you to a crowd source funding site for Ben Powell's short documentary, Phil Collins and the Wild Frontier. It captures Phil Collins during the week-long book tour in June 2012." http: //

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"The poet-historian Collins is perhaps uniquely qualified for this new journey. He brings an outsider's clarity to the expedition, having amassed an amazing collection of manuscripts to accompany his impressive array of artifacts. From Collins's documents, Texas enthusiasts, Mexican patriots, schoolteachers, and even 'blokes who like history' will encounter the people who lived those famous days." --Donald S. Frazier, editor of "The U.S. and Mexico at War: Nineteenth Century Expansionism and Conflict "and coauthor of "Frontier Texas: History of a Borderland in 1880" --Donald S. Frazier, Ph.D., editor of The U.S. and Mexico at War (02/01/2012)