visión de conjunto:Críticas Powerful historical and social forces come together in Lee's extraordinarily useful book. The First Rasta moves with a truth seeker's determination through the slums of Trenchtown and Jamaica's back country revealing a dauntingly complex landscape and history in which oral history is often more reliable than the written record. --Publishers WeeklyIncredible . . . a spellbinding saga . . . Lee's insightful combination of toughness and sensitivity is amazing. --The BeatThe loose threads of Rasta history [are] impressively woven into a flag of green red and gold . . . a clear-eyed political history. --Kirkus Reviews Reseña del editor 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 divinity of Haile Selassie king of Ethiopia that established the vision for the most popular mystical movement of the 20th century Rastafarianism. Although jailed ridiculed and treated as insane Howell also known as the Gong established a Rasta community of 4500 members the first agro-industrial enterprise devoted to producing marijuana. In the late 1950s the community was dispersed disseminating Rasta teachings throughout the ghettos of the island. A young singer named Bob Marley adopted Howell's message and through Marley's visions reggae made its explosion in the music world. Biografía del autor Hélène Lee is a journalist for Libération 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.