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The First Rasta: Leonard Howell and the Rise of Rastafarianism by [Davis, Stephen, Lee, Helene]
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"A journalistic detective story." -- Ugly Things

"Absolutely fascinating . . . a compelling must read for anyone who even pretends to be a reggae or ska fan." -- Dirty Linen

"An ambitious project and an unqualified success." -- All About Jazz

"Exacting and lushly written, the book is worthy of the highest esteem." -- Relix

"Gets to the roots of what would become Jamaica’s two greatest exports: reggae music and Rastafarianism." -- Global Rhythm

"Written with careful verve, The First Rasta reads like a novel-fitting for the story of such a fantastic figure." -- Caribbean Beat

About the Author

Helene Lee is a journalist for "Liberation," specializing in the music of Africa and the Caribbean. Stephen Davis is the author of "Bob Marley," "Hammer of the Gods," and "Walk This Way." He lives in Milton, Massachusetts.
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2025 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; Tra edition (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087GZAYA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #333,053 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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true, this is an excellent book, ambitiously and crucially putting bones on the legend of leonard howell, one of the first to champion ras tafari and founder of the pinnacle community. a figure from the periphery of my interest and knowledge, given flesh, meticulously researched and entertainingly written about. this is a great piece of work, as it brings together all aspects of the man before the information became, as they say, lost in legend. even at the time of writing, though, some avenues of research are ended abruptly by lost or destroyed records, causing a little conjecture as to actual happenings, and it would appear some elements of a darker nature were in progress. i did find this a little frustrating, as i find it strange that the man who was as a counselor/leader of the rasta community, also kept an office in kingston, and wore a three piece suit to carry out business there. we are not aware, though, completely of what he dealt with therein, and in not knowing are perhaps left to assume some of his dealings were contrary to the movement's aims and goals. this of course adds deeper mystery to an already, almost mythical, individual.
considering that the author had no access to howell's papers and books (lost and likely destroyed), and had limited, but valuable, assistance from his sons, this is a bit of a triumph of research. and to have left me hanging in suspense over several issues, is entirely no fault of her's, as i am sure that every piece of evidence, to be found in this book, is included within. an excellent piece of work.
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Excellent book filled with all the facts on Mr Leonard P. Howell....The first Rasta is a must read for anyone looking for the history of Rastafri.
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This is a beautiful book that shines light onto a shadow of crucially important jamaican and religious history. not only is it meticulously researched and fierily intelligent, it is stupendously well written (and this is reading it in translation). I came away from reading it thinking that Helene Lee is a bit of a genius. The future of the rastafari religion is assured: it will join the great world religions as an equal, but its past has yet to be written, and this book is as important as The Act of The Apostles is to Christianity, though it's a much better informed work. Hail to Helene Lee.
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Well written, completed and really objective history of rasta in Jamaica. I read it with my husband and we both loved it (he being a jamaican). It explain in detail who Leonard Howell was, how things were in Jamaica during his time and how the rasta movement started.
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This is an excellent book. I managed to get hold of a New copy from a UK distributor at a cost that totalled below £10. I'd have paid more though. I'm glad that the writer, Helene Lee, has used her journalistic experience to delve into the past & uncover the life & times of Leonard Howell & the community he founded at .
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