Fans of Phil Collins know him best as a talented singer, drummer and composer, and even as a respectable actor, but the Genesis star now can add author to his list of career achievements.
Collins has turned his passion for collecting Alamo memorabilia into a book that has just been published by State House Press . The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey is a 416-page tome that features more than 100 photos of artifacts Collins has amassed over the years, as well as pen-and-ink illustrations from artist Gary Zaboly and essays from several respected Texas historians.
The project was a labor of love for Phil, who's been obsessed with the Alamo -- the San Antonio fort that was the site of a pivotal 1836 battle in Texas' fight for independence from Mexico -- since seeing the Disney TV show Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier as a child. His personal collection includes various weapons, documents, maps and much more.
"I've read pretty much every Alamo book that's out there, so I hope the book will be taken seriously," Collins said in a video promoting The Alamo and Beyond . The book can be ordered now from the State House Press website -- a cloth-bound version with a dust jacket is priced at $120 plus shipping and handling, while a limited-edition, numbered and signed copy costs $200 plus shipping and handling.
Meanwhile, the next music-related release from Collins will be the Blu-ray version of the Live at Montreux 2004 video, arriving in stores this Tuesday. The disc features archival footage of Collins performances at the famed Swiss jazz festival from 1996 and 2004.
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