May Pang: ‘I’m tired of people thinking they know my story’

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John Lennon’s Relationship with 18 months Peng Mei This period in the mid-1970s is often dismissed as a biographical footnote, but in a new documentary, Pang seizes the opportunity to document directly this important period in her own life and that of Lennon. Lost weekend: a love storydirected by Eve Brandstein, Richard Kaufman and Stuart Samuels, a sympathetic account of Pang and Lennon’s romance, which began 50 years ago in 1973.During their time together, Lennon recorded three albums, including Paul McCartneypartying in Los Angeles Harry Nelson and Keith Moonand eventually developed a relationship with his son Julian.

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“I’m tired of people thinking they know my story,” Pang said at a hotel in Iowa, where she was visiting an exhibition of her Lennon photos. “Lies and falsehoods are becoming a fait accompli. During our time together, he had the opportunity to reconnect with Paul, George and Lin. I was there when he played with Paul and I was there when he signed the separation agreement. The Beatles At Disney World, I helped him be with his son again. When people see my picture of John, they like the fact that he is always smiling. That’s a side people have never seen. All this and we still have to deal with Phil Spector…”

Pang, a music lover from a working-class Chinese-American family in New York, got her break when she walked into Apple’s New York offices to ask what products were available.She eventually became John and Yoko’s personal assistant, working on jobs that included collecting insects for Ono’s film The Fly, appearing in bags for The Dick Cavett Show and helping with filming imagine. Her relationship with Lennon began when she was 22 – Ono suggested that when Lennon’s eyes began to wander, Ono thought Pang might be a more suitable partner for him.

This was more than just an indulgence.The couple made their home in a one-bedroom apartment in New York (one of their first guests was Paul McCartney(He spilled red wine on the white carpet in “Imagine”), while Pang became involved in Lennon’s personal life, helping to reunite him with Julian.

“When John and Julian connected, it was great, but before that John was very nervous and chain-smoking because Cynthia brought him over,” Pang said. “They haven’t seen each other in a long time. I told John he wasn’t there to support his son so he had to step up. He couldn’t back out. I hope John and Cynthia can get some closure and make life easier for Julian and then everyone’s Things will get better.”

Pang provided Lennon with some grounding but also freedom. One boring weekend, she said, they took a bus trip together – something Lennon hadn’t done in ten years – until he was finally recognized by a fellow traveler (“That’s my nose!” he said). Whisper to Pang). She was there when Lennon and McCartney had their only post-Beatles jam session. Soon after, Lennon approached Pang about the possibility of recording with McCartney in New Orleans. Sadly, the plan fell through when Lennon returned (in what Pang describes as a “disruption”). Yoko Ono In the Dakotas.

Pang remained in contact with Lennon after the relationship ended, but Lennon’s death in 1980 meant she could never end her relationship. While she won’t reveal what she thinks of Ono, she does tell a funny story about an awkward encounter at a hotel breakfast buffet in Reykjavik in the 2000s. “This must be John’s joke in heaven because it happened on his birthday, October 9th. What are the chances?!”

“Lost Weekend: A Love Story” will be released on digital platforms and Blu-ray on October 13

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