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May Pang

Author and Photographer

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May Pang, famous confidante to John Lennon, has been in the public eye for over three decades.

Pang’s career in the music industry spans over 25 years, starting with Allen Klein’s company Abkco Industries, a firm which managed the Beatles Apple Corps. Ltd and the Rolling Stones. In 1970, she was selected by John Lennon and Yoko Ono to serve as their assistant in the United States. Her responsibilities encompassed liaising with record companies and press as well as all other activities surrounding the lives of the Lennons. Pang also played a key role in the production of records by John, Yoko and Harry Nilsson. In 1974, she received a gold album for John Lennon’s LP, Walls and Bridges” which represented John’s first record to reach number one in both the singles and album charts.

In the late 1970′s she continued her involvement in the music industry at Island Records where she coordinated all activities related to the release of albums by Robert Palmer, Third World, Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Pang became one of the leading professional managers of the music publishing industry during the early 1980′s while at United Artists Music and Famous Music.  Working with several unknown songwriters, she was successful in obtaining coverage for them by such artists as Diana Ross, Judas Priest, The Four Tops and Air Supply. During this period, determined to set the record straight about her relationship with John Lennon, Warner Books published Loving John in 1983, a book which detailed her liaison and working association with the late Beatle, as well as his relationships with Paul, Ringo, George and his son, Julian.

Over the last two decades, she has appeared in every major news publication worldwide, and has been a guest on many national US TV shows, including the Howard Stern Show, Entertainment Tonight, CBS Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, Court TV, Geraldo and Joan Rivers to name but a few.

In the late 1980′s, Pang emerged as one of the few individuals who could provide insight into John Lennon as well as an understanding and perspective on the resurgence of the Beatles popularity. Her latest book, the 2008 Instamatic Karma, has received international acclaim including The New York Times, LA Times and The Washington Post.

Pang is also a talented designer, having created a unique line of Feng Shui Furniture and Jewelry available through her website. She is currently exhibiting photos of John Lennon and friends from her private collection.

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Instamatic Karma
Photographs of John Lennon
St. Martin's Press

“There were times I was a bit reticent in taking out my camera, like when some ‘old friends’ stopped by to hang out. I didn’t want to intrude on these moments,...


An Evening with May Pang: May discusses her incredible life, her relationship with John Lennon, and life after John.

The Music Industry, Then and Now: May's backward glance at the music industry from one of the most unique and storied perspectives of our time.



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