Bob Marley (1945—1981) was the charismatic reggae rocker who took the music world by storm before his early death from cancer. Paprocki limns his chaotic life in the Jamaican slums of Kingston, filling the account with insights into both the violent Jamaican political scene of the period and the Rastafarian faith. For above all, Marley was a Rasta—part of the dreadlocked, vegetarian, pot-smoking group that consider the late Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia to have been an incarnation of the Messiah. Marley's short life is rounded off with accounts of his wife Rita's attempts to raise his twelve legitimate and illegitimate children while keeping alive Marley's flame through various charitable trusts. Bob Marley was not exactly a role model, but few charismatic people are, and the biography is welcome. The question remaining is why this CIA-hounded, fiercely Jamaican patriot-performer was included in the "Black Americans of Achievement" series. Perhaps the "Legacy Edition" is being interpreted hemispherically? The appendix includes a selected discography, chronology, bibliography, and index.