Loving John Author:May Pang May Pang was a young woman who had been working for John Lennon's manager, Allan Klein, back in the early 1970's when she became a personal assistant for the couple and worked at Yoko Ono's direction. Then, one day, Yoko told her that "it was OK for her" to start seeing John as a lover because Yoko and John weren't getting along and that Yoko wo... more »uld rather John sleep with her than with someone she doesn't know. May was in her early twenties and was rather naive and had no intention of starting an affair with her employer's husband but John started to pursue her once Yoko gave him the green light.
What started as a casual fling blossomed into a full fledged relationship in which May lived with John for 14 months out of the 18 months that she was seeing John. Their time together included the famous "Lost Weekend" in Los Angeles while John recorded two albums, "Rock n Roll" and "Walls and Bridges" plus the hit singles with Elton John "Lucy in the sky with Diamonds" and "whatever gets you through the night".
During the short 18 months with May, John Lennon began to hook up and see his old pals such as Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr. George Harrison visited John for the last time while John was living with May.
The book is a wonderful account of May's 18 months with John, their relationship, the recording sessions, and the inevitable but tragic breakup in which John goes back to Yoko and breaks with everything in his life, including May and his music pals and his music, in order to go back to Yoko and become a "house husband" for nearly 5 years to help raise Sean.
Much has been publicized about how John went back to Yoko, but her book tells the real story of how Yoko plotted to get John back and succeeded. Before John went back to Yoko, John and May had been living together in their own apartment in NYC and John had picked out a house he was planning on buying so that they could live together in their own house. Before May's breakup with John, John and May were planning on meeting up with Paul McCartney in New Orleans because May had renewed John's interest co-writing songs again with Paul.« less
May Pang reveals the true story behind John Lennon's infamous "Lost Weekend," a period when John was separated from Yoko and his drunken escapades in LA were captured by the media. The author tells of a different John when away from Ono's intense manipulation: a more social and loving man. May encouraged John to reestablish a relationship with his son Julian. During this period, he recorded Walls and Bridges, one song featuring Lennon with Elton John.
Although this time is called the Lost Weekend, one can see that John flourished and was beginning to come into his own. John - who had never even ordered his own room service - became more independent and self-sufficient while away from Yoko. However, John returned to Ono eventually, and the book gives startling insight into how Yoko accomplished this feat.