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Before Timothy Leary, before free love, before the word hippie became a part of the preferred nomenclature, Howard Bloom and his band of explorers were pushing boundaries and minds. Embarking on a great journey that took him from his home in Buffalo, NY, to Washington, to California, to Israel, to New York City, along the way learning much and gaining in experience—some of that experience crushing the morals and mores of the previous generation—and, most importantly, gaining insight. Bloom horrified his parents, shocked his teachers, seeking the form of spiritual enlightenment called satori, and finding sex instead. How I Accidentally Started The Sixties is the untold story of the birth of a decade.
Howard Bloom was a legendary publicist in the 1970s and 1980s for singers and bands such as Prince, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, and Styx. Since then, he has published six books on human evolution and group behavior, including The Genius of the Beast, Global Brain, and The Lucifer Principle. In his Zelig-like career, Bloom has been cited, thanked, anthologized, and quoted in books on quantum physics, genetics, philosophy, evolutionary biology, and much more. How I Accidentally Started The Sixties may be his strangest book yet.