Phil Collins Completes Book About Texas History

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The musician retired from the music industry earlier this year due to health issues.

Phil Collins has completed a book about Texas history which could be in stores as early as next year. Collins, a avid collector of Alamo memorabilia, announced his retirement from music earlier this year because of health issues.

Collins told the London Evening Standard, "The book has been taking up most of my time, certainly the last couple of years, but I've finished it now. I'm a bit embarrassed talking about it."

Statehouse Press is targeting a March 2011 release for the work, titled The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey. The former Genesis band member is believed to own hundreds of cannonballs, documents and other Alamo artifacts.

Collins spoke about his Alamo collection at the Dallas Historical Society last year. The group said his Alamo obsession began in his childhood watching Fess Parker play Davy Crockett on TV.

Collins' comments about the book were made at the Mojo Awards in London Thursday.

The first photo of the drummer's actress daughter Lily in character as Snow White was released Friday as well.