These are my pride and joy and thought it would be nice to share them with a wider audience. They were written by fan club secretary Pauline Corcoran who was just 16 years old when Small Faces manager Don Arden employed her. She had unique access to the band, attending concerts and tv appearances, at the instruction of Don Arden who told Pauline it would enable her to gather the material she needed to write her newsletters. They were published about every 3 months throughout 1966 and there is one last one published around April 1967 when the Small Faces moved management from Don Arden to Harold Davison and Tito Burns. When the fan club was run from Don Arden's offices in Carnaby Street fans were able to visit the office fairly easily. Well, it's how I got my job working for them. Unknown to my parents, I used to scive off my day job in a boring City office and go to Carnaby Street to help Pauline in the fan club offices instead! Eventually I got offered a full time position helping Pauline. But when they moved management I went to work with Galaxy Entertainments (the agency that handled all the tour concerts for the band) whilst Pauline went to new management offices alone. In the first newsletter she produced there, she announced to fans that "you will no longer be able to visit us anymore.." She revealed some years later that the new management resented her position and made her feel very uncomfortable, giving her a really cramped office the size of a cupboard and not being particularly friendly towards her. In time she ended up running the fan club from her home in Wembley until the time when the Small Faces finally split.
These old newsletters make fascinating reading and for a mere 16 year old Pauline did an amazing job relaying stories to the fans that were full of intimate facts about the band and what they did and how they felt about life at that time.
Pauline Corcoran is the official fan club secretary for the sixties band Small Faces. Pauline started working for the band in 1965 when she was just 16 years old. She had trained as a secretary and this was her first full time job. Her mother worked for Thames Television as a make-up artist and Pauline wanted to follow her mother's footsteps and work for the entertainment business. When she got the call to go for an interview working for a "Pop music group" she was very excited and had expected it to be working for the "other" Mod band "The Who".
The interview took place at number 52-55 Carnaby Street, right in the heart of the Mod shopping district in the west end of London. Interviewing her was the notorious Impresario (known as the God Father of Pop) Don Arden. When told which band it was she was visibly disappointed. But her reaction got her the job as Don said he didn't want someone who would be in awe of the band. He needed someone who would be totally professional as she would have unique access to the band that no one else would have, accompanying them on tours and television appearances. Don explained to Pauline that this access was necessary so that she had an inside knowledge of what the band got up to on a daily basis and this would provide her with the material she needed to write newsletters and respond to press enquiries.
Pauline continued to work with the Small Faces after they left Don Arden's management, when they went to Immediate records, although she felt she was not well treated by the record company and in time ended up working from home until the band finally split. Pauline was then approached by Don Arden once again when he took over management of the band Amen Corner, and Pauline was offered job running their fan club.
The book Pauline is available via Blurb, the publishers website, where a full preview copy can be seen. It has been compiled by Pauline's assistant Val Weedon MBE who worked alongside Pauline at the fan club offices throughout 1966.
So, today I decided it was time to share my passions and thoughts with a wider audience. Having bored my friends and close family for a number of years with my constant moaning and threats of "going to do it", it was time to take action! So, here I am.
The reason I've set up my own blog is that I find Facebook and Twitter restrictive. Often I would refrain from going on about stuff for fear I may offend. It just didn't seem the right public forum to express my thoughts, particularly on wider issues other than what the cat had done today. Although I may from time to time reflect on such matters in my Blog.
I also feel that however kind I try to be in putting over my strong opinions, I fear I may be coming across as an attention seeker, which I am, but want to appear to be nice at all times. As a writer I worry constantly about what people think of me. I like being nice.
So, as someone who hates conflict, but loves expressing her thoughts and opinions I apologise in advance if you don't like what I say. I do try to be fair and take into consideration others likely opinions, so feel free to express them in response to my ramblings. I always want nice things to happen as a result of any campaigning issues I write about. So, unlike many others who moan about stuff, I do try to have a point to what I say and will highlight what I think needs to be done to improve a situation so that things are nicer all round and I will not moan about stuff just for the sake of it. Others do that so much better than me.
Of course I am no push-over. I am a Scorpion. Say no more!
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