Kitchen Sink Drama

By Jason Diamond

Thanks to 3:AM Magazine for pointing me to the essay, “Teddy Boy Riots & Right-Wing Angry Young Men“, on kitchen sink novels, and particularly the Bernard Kops book,  Awake for Mourning. I was interested in this quote in particular:

“It starts out as a competent example of kitchen sink fiction as popularised by the angry young man ‘movement’ of the 1950s, but turns into something far stranger and more wonderful as the book progresses.”

Post-war England has always been an interesting subject for me, especially the disenfranchised youth that would help develop cultures like skinheads, Teddy Boys, mods, and later, punks.  Still, many times I fail to recognize the influence the kitchen sink genre’s “angry young men” had on these youth movements, and possibly on Richard Allen’s skinhead novels, and The Who’s Quadrophenia.