When beat poet Allen Ginsberg came to London in 1965 to a poetry reading at
BETTER BOOKS, the event was such an overwhelming success that the idea for
International Poetry Incarnation was born. The event was filmed by Peter
Whitehead, and later released as
WHOLLY COMMUNION, a curious name
reflecting the godly status the mushroom was accorded and the sometimes religious
reverence with which it was discussed. BEHIND OPEN DOORS investigates these
aspects, looking at ancient and more modern practices of priests and politicians, all
aiming fundamentally to keep things running as previously planned, despite their
revolutionary appearance.  

Meetings to organise the massive poetry event at the
Royal Albert Hall soon
moved from
Better Books to 101 Cromwell Road, and Ginsberg fell madly in love