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The First Rasta: Leonard Howell and the Rise of Rastafarianism

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Going far beyond the standard imagery of Rasta—ganja, reggae, and dreadlocks—this cultural history offers an uncensored vision of a movement with complex roots and the exceptional journey of a man who taught an enslaved people how to be proud and impose their culture on the world. In the 1920s Leonard Percival Howell and the First Rastas had a revelation concerning the div ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Chicago Review Press (first published 2000)
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Michael Watson
May 09, 2012 Michael Watson rated it it was amazing
A very believable account of one of the true prophets sent to create LOVE on broken mother earth. Gong was Not only spiritually guided but had with him the divinity of GOD.
The Word, Sound & Power & the One Aim, One Heart, One destiny structure that breathes daily in millions of people's lives. Blessed be Leonard Percevil Howell 'Gong'
Jpp
Mar 21, 2012 Jpp rated it liked it
I read the French original version. Un livre documenté et agréable à lire , l'auteur ayant choisi un style très journalistique et très vivant. Un contexte historique pas toujours bien developpé, une analyse des autres courants éthiopistes - avant, pendant et après- pas assez structurée rendent la compréhension parfois difficile. La dimension sociale et culturelle du mouvement Ras Tafarian, la répression parfois cruelle dont il a fait l'objet, le rappel de l'influence indienne dans ses pratiques ...more
Titilayo
Sep 01, 2009 Titilayo rated it really liked it
I stumbled upon this book by accident. Having been mistaken for a Rastafarian and hung out with a few i figured what the heck. The book is written by a French journalist who in an anthropologist manner journeyed to Jamacia to find out what the new religous craze of Rasta was all about during the cruz of Reggae's importation/exportation to distant places. Its a good history. One that surprisingly many of the self-proclaimed Rastas that i know have little knowledge about.It talks about the interpl ...more
Jeanette
Jul 26, 2012 Jeanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to give this 5-stars but I can't because of the jumbled way in which the story is told. I wish it had been told in a more chronological order, sometimes I had to go back and read to figure out what I was supposed to be garnering on the current page. The 4-stars are for the information and research, not so much for the ease of reading it. As a Jamaican of course I'm uber critical of the truth being told and I found that Ms. Lee did a good job of searching that out.
Farhana Faruq
Dec 14, 2009 Farhana Faruq rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
What a fascinating history!

I think Helene did a wonderful job putting this together considering the limited information out there about Leonard Howell.

This has always been a subject of interest for me and I'm very happy I was able to find this book.
Michele
Jul 06, 2009 Michele rated it it was ok
i couldn't finish it. given the interest i have in the story of the rastafarian movement i was super disappointed; this book was so boring. i'll have to find another one to tell me more about the movement.
Paulr
Apr 07, 2013 Paulr rated it really liked it
I had takin a Caribbean liberal at school and fell in love with the culture. I got this book and found it hard to read but too interesting to give up. Jah live!
Sarah Lange
Jul 29, 2007 Sarah Lange rated it it was amazing
excellent look at the history of rastafarianism and the influences that spawned the creation.....After this book you can never listen to the music the same
Dave
Aug 29, 2008 Dave rated it it was amazing
Great book!! Full of really interesting stuff. You dont have to be a reggae head to enjoy.
Tracy
Feb 07, 2015 Tracy rated it really liked it
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I liked this book and found the History very interesting.
T. Justin
Apr 02, 2009 T. Justin rated it it was amazing
I learned that I cannot stop thinking.
Jennifer Waddell
Nov 05, 2013 Jennifer Waddell rated it liked it
sucked boring as hell
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