Skip to comments.Phil Collins donates private collection of Alamo artifacts
Posted on 06/27/2014 9:42:58 PM PDT by texas_mrs
Remember the Alamo? Phil Collins sure does.
The British 1980s music icon was at the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and Texas Revolutionary shrine in downtown San Antonio on Thursday, announcing the donation of his collection of related artifacts one so vast it's considered the world's largest such private collection.
Collins, the 63-year-old Genesis singer-drummer, joked he'd spent "all the money that I made from music" on 200-plus pieces related to the battle where 1,500 Mexican troops laid siege to 200 Texans. He said he wanted to ensure the collection was better cared-for in the future.
"Some people would buy Ferraris, some people would buy houses, I bought old bits of metal and old bits of paper," Collins said. "It's at my home, in my basement in Switzerland. I look at it every day, but no one else was enjoying it."
Collins has been an Alamo aficionado since growing up in London and watching actor Fess Parker portray Davy Crockett in a 1950s Disney miniseries.
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Always liked him and Genesis.
Home By The Sea and Mama are some of my favorites. His vocal dynamics were awesome.
Thanks Mr. Collins. Somebody inform Mr. Obama what the Alamo stands for.
Saw him years some years ago in concert. One of the best shows I have ever been to. He is a true performer.
Nice to see him do this.
Not a big fan of Phil Collins (with the exception of his musical contributions to Miami Vice). However, I thank him for his generous gift to the American people.
Patrick Bateman was a big Genesis fan.
That’s actually very cool. I’m not a huge fan of Phil Collins musically, but he’s a good egg in my book for what he’s doing here.
I never liked Phil Collins much. But I like him a lot more now.
We took the Flash Jrs. to the Alamo on a drizzly day last December, and Little Flash A got a coonskin cap. And yes, I got the kids the Fess Parker Davey Crockett DVD before we went.
Oh goodness, hubby hates Phil Collins so much! But hubby’s a yankee, so who cares?
I think it is lovely he’s returning his collection in this way.
I’ll have to break this to hubby gently, but good on you, Phil Collins!
At one time, the walking tour by listening device featured Mr. Collins as the narrator. It may still.
For putting up with a Yankee you’ll get your reward in heaven. My old dad used to tell me that whenever I would ask him for a raise.
I like some of Collins music and some of his videos showed a good sense of humor and he wasn’t above poking fun at himself. Good to hear a Brit admires our history.
He’s an interesting guy.
Paid for David Crosby’s liver transplant.
Was a kid in the crowd in HARD DAY’S NIGHT.
I understand he can’t play drums anymore because of a health issue :(
Good on ya, Phil.
Phil gets it.
“Remember the Alamo!”
A lot of the English became experts on the American Indians and the lore of the old west....I think it was so foreign to them that they were fascinated by it
I think I saw Genesis every time they came in concert from their “And Then There Were Three” album. Sad thing is, their studio albums can never touch the dynamics of that band live. I’d give anything to see a reunion with Peter Gabriel If they performed the entire “Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” album.
It's kind of an odd obsession...
***Among his treasures are one of Davy Crockett’s rifles ***
Another rifle of Davy’s is in the museum at the Little Rock, AR Capitol. I’ve seen it, unless the Clintons kipped it when they left office. You know how poor they are. A Percussion cap.
Wow. Thank you Mr. Collins.
An Englishman gives artifacts to the Alamo. The governor of Texas gives Santa Ana’s sword to Mexico.
Collins should be made an ‘ honorary Texan ‘
>> I always loved Phil Collins
I only recall one of his music videos denigrating Ronald Reagan.
Remember the Alamo!?
Yes, but more important, “Remember San Jacinto”. (Mar 21, 1836) 18 minutes that formed a Republic and eventually the Great State of Texas.
When I was a kid we would be playing outside and at least one or two of the Mom’s would step out side and scream Davy Crockett’s on. It was game over and all of us kids would go to the closest house and all sit in the floor in front of the TV. Mrs. Tempeltons house was the best, we only had two channels and her antenna got the best reception, she also made fresh bread daily and would give us a big slice with butter and jelly and a glass of milk.
I have an English bro-in-law who knows a vast amount of American western lore.
I know “The Musical Box” does a full on cover of The Lamb. I think Phil even sat in on one of their shows. Haven’t been able to see them yet.
Money is all that counts. Nationhood is near zero
“A lot of the English became experts on the American Indians and the lore of the old west....I think it was so foreign to them that they were fascinated by it”
The hook for them may have been that many an expat was down in the thick of it all.
I’ve never cared for Collins’ music. Bores me to tears.
But, he’s always seemed like a good guy and someone who would be fascinating and cool to hang out with.
Wow, that’s a very nice memory. Cool time to be a kid :)
He will be!
One day after Grammy winning musician Phil Collins donated his collection of Alamo memorabilia to the state of Texas, a lawmaker said he will introduce a bill in the coming session to declare Collins to be an ‘honorary Texas.”
State Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) cited Collins ‘extraordinary generosity, both monetary and in spirit.’
“Phil Collins’ dedication to the study of the events that took place at the battle of the Alamo, as well as his devotion to the collection and preservation of important artifacts is truly remarkable,” Villalba said. “As Texans we should all be inspired by his passion for learning about this critical juncture in the Texas Revolution and his admiration for the individuals who gave their lives so that Texas could be free.”
Declaring a person to be an ‘honorary Texan’ is a rare honor, and Villalba invited Collins to come to the Capitol in January to receive the honor in person.
oh ! this is great ! good for him and good for Texas .
It sure is!