San Francisco, California
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May Pang was John Lennon's lover for 18 months in 1973-75 when he was separated from Yoko. An exhibition of her exclusive photos of Lennon, and the exploits of his life during that time will be exhibited at the Hotel Zetta in San Francisco. Site and Sound, a nonprofit whose mission is to further popular culture, is producing the show. May will be at the event to speak about her experience and to sign copies of her book of photographs, Instamatic Karma.
May Pang, a native of New York's Spanish Harlem, grew up with street corner do-wop until the British invasion in 1964, and then rock n' roll became her passion. May wanted a career in the music industry, so she decided to start at the top. She landed a position at ABKCO in 1970, the Beatles management company, and went on to become personal assistant to John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1971.
In June 1973, May embarked on a "lost weekend" of whirlwind adventures with John that lasted for a year and a half. John was very productive during this period and achieved #1 hits with both the single "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" and the "Walls and Bridges" album. He also started musical collaborations with Elton John, David Bowie, Harry Nilsson, and Ringo Starr.
The romantic relationship between May and John ended in February of 1975 when John and Yoko reconciled. After John's death in 1980, May was hounded by reporters to tell her story, and the memoir titled "Loving John" was printed in 1983 by Warner — an insightful look at John's relationships with the other Beatles and Yoko. May has also put together "The Lost Weekend," a book about their lives and the time she and John spent together.
Most recently, May released "Instamatic Karma" — a book of never before seen photographs taken during the time she and John Lennon shared together. The book includes intimate photos of John, May, Julian Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, and others. The best of these will be on display at the Hotel Zetta for exhibition and you can purchase a copy of her signed book. A live set of Beatles & John Lennon songs will be performed by Kevin Casey (of the San rock band RubberSideDown) along with several San Francisco based musicians, 6pm.
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