In his early prose writing Brinkmann was following in the footsteps of French 'nouveau roman' writers such as Alain Robbe-Grillet, inspired by his realism. However, during the 60's American beat and pop literature bore more influence on his work.
Writers like Jack Kerouac ("On the Road"), William S. Burroughs ("Naked Lunch") and the poetry of Frank O'Haras showed him a way out of the more conservative European literary scene. Whilst, bands like "The Deviants", "The Doors", "The Soft Machine" or "The Rolling Stones" played the fitting soundtrack.
Beat and pop music, also from England, unleashed a new way of life, which was also seen in the fine arts, particulary the pop art genre, 'light fiction' (thrillers, westerns and science fiction), in advertising and in the latest fashions.
At the beginning of the German student movement, Brinkmann was full of hope of significant changes in not only fine arts, but the politics of Germany or Europe. But as the momentum and energy of the movement subsided, so did Brinkmanns enthusiasm, even for beat and pop, and he begun to work solitary with collages.
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[Translation: Anna Rank, Olaf Selg]