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The Alamo and beyond : a collector's journey

Author: Phil Collins; Gary S Zaboly
Publisher: Buffalo Gap, Tex. : State House Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Phil Collins; Phil Collins
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Phil Collins; Gary S Zaboly
ISBN: 9781933337500 1933337508
OCLC Number: 761334858
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxxi, 384 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 23 x 29 cm
Contents: The Alamo, collecting, and the collector / Richard Bruce Winders --
The gift / Stephen L. Hardin --
Dead people's mail / Donald S. Frazier --
Part I. Prerevolutionary --
Part II. Outbreak to the Alamo --
Part III. Goliad --
Part IV. San Jacinto and aftermath --
Part V. Postrevolutionary.
Responsibility: Phil Collins ; with illustrations by Gary S. Zaboly.

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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.--Amazon.com.

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"Fans of Texas will find much to love in this book. I was enthralled." Jake Silverstein, editor, Texas Monthly |"Collins has elevated himself from merely an interested history buff to someone who is Read more...

 
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