Spike was a genius. Haunted by manic depression - the result of his wartime experiences - he wrote The Goon Show, a radio programme that changed the fce of British comedy. Everything that followed - Monty Python, the alternative movement is a direct result of Spike's influence. But he was much more than that - a musician, poet and conservationist, years before green issues became fashionable. And he was our hero.
Do us a favour: Read this book and listen to this tape. I grew up with The Goons and Spike's war memoirs. Trust me, you'll be snorting stuff out of your nose in public places in no time.
Random quote: "When I look back, the fondest memory I have is not really of the Goons. It is of a girl called Julia with enormous breasts." That's class, that is. Peace and love, Spike. Peace and love.