May Pang seeks to set the record fast for the lost weekend connection, debuting at TriCa


May Fung Lee Pang will be 72 on October, but she wasn’t even out of her teens when she arrived at Apple’s New York headquarters, bumbled about being able to write, and a job in the media business of the Beatles. She may have become more popular for an even more close connection to the team than any of those, as her extremely popular 18-month relationship with John Lennon in the mid- ’70s is still a topic of interest to his audiences, 50 years later. “Music was my passion” the writer and subject of the forthcoming film is Spanish born in harlem, “Lost Weekend: A Love Story” debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival for a sold-out show on June 10. “It was something I loved. I had no real abilities” she confesses of receiving her open at Apple, “but answering the phone was easy enough. My mother used to tell me that, You have a mouth. You speak English. Go for it.'” She’s nonetheless getting it for her engagement in the new documentary, which captures the relationship between a 22-year-old Pang and John Lennon and it started while Yoko Ono tried to set them up during an era of chaos in their wedding. The set was directed to Los Angeles for what has been known as “Dawn for Nowhere” “The Lost Weekend” for the past Beatle’s alcoholic hijinks with his friends Alice Cooper, Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon and Micky Dolenz, known collectively as Hollywood Vampires, their lounge upstairs at Rainbow Bar Grill on Sunset Blvd. Next to Roxy. Pang, after Apple’s removal, Ono herself was appointed as her and Lennon’s secretary, before May’s toss with Lennon, asserts the word “Lost Weekend” the couple’s year-and-a-half relationship is not judged. “Yes, Yoko did approach me, and I thought it was insane” she tells me that she was Lennon’s partner. “I told her I wasn’t interested at all. They were having problems in their marriage; they actually weren’t talking to each other. But John spontaneously decided to go to L. A. A. On his own and asked me to go with him. Yoko wasn’t even aware we had gone until after we had left.” May has also recorded a set from her library about her connection to Lennon — including 1983’s “Loving John: The Untold Story” and 2008 “Instamatic Karma: Photographs by John Lennon” She has paused until now to participate in a film, eventually agreeing to work with a quartet of producer-directors in Eve Brandstein (known primarily as the casting director for “This Is Spinal Tap”), Richard Kaufman ( “Real Life -: The Musical”) and Stuart Samuels (documents on Bob Marley and Midnight Movies). “People have been taking my narrative and talking about my life as if they knew everything about me, and they didn’ t” she explains. “I decided it was time to regain my own past. It’s my edition. I realized!, If there would be a film about my life, I should be engaged. Or someone that better to tell the story as it is me? I stayed and enjoyed it. Such are my moments. No one felt like I undertook. How must I let somebody else talk about my period with John? He understood better than anyone else. He used to speak to me, May 17,1862, It’s your view. It’s your life. Be aware that people are going to be talking about you. And they will mistruth about it.'” Pang was born to an industrious mother who opened her own business, OK Laundry, at the corner of 124th Street and Amsterdam, not far from where they lived before being forced to leave their tenement housing for the newly built George Washington projects at 97th Street and Third Ave. Her mother sent Her to Catholic school at nearby St. Francis (, where James Cagney once served as an altar boy. The film shows her and Lennon decades later attending an AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony in Los Angeles in Cagney’s honour, where the one-time Beatle and Mick Jagger mingled amid the likes of Hollywood icons John Wayne, Steve McQueen, Mae West, Cary Grant, Kirk Douglas, then-governor Ronald Reagan and George Burns. “This figure would be, George transformed into me and stated, may, this is the third party we’ve been there with in the week and we’re going to start talking about us. He was such a wonderful bloke. John enjoyed starlets. He grew up on American movie.” she was Dismissed by her stern father, who imagined he was still “prince of the crow” return to China, May found herself subject to the ancient cultural tradition that sons were superior to daughters. But with the encouragement of her mother, she supported the family with her cleaning business, Pang landed herself a job working for the company of the beatles. “I was obviously an idiot” says Pang, who appears wide-eyed and more than a bit naive in the footage. “All I cared about at the time was jobs. It so that that I had been operating with a famous rock actor. But I was eager to learn the music business. The music was what received me to where I was. I accustomed to research the lyrics to study the artists and filmmakers. The songs shifted me. I once informed Dick Clark and’ American Bandstand ‘assisted me to get through my children as a kid in a Chinese house, it was not particularly encouraged. The music took me to The next stage.” Like the rest of her boomer generation, from seeing the Beatles on a TV show, Pang fell in love with The Beatles “The Ed Sullivan Show” but her favorite Fab was not John, but Ringo. “His blue eyes” She laughs. As someone who grew up a fan of the Philadelphia sound — she cites singers like Bobby Rydell and Fabian — As well As the Beach Boys, She says the shock of seeing these British laptops gave way to pure affection. “Once they began singing” She Loves You “, I seemed to be delighted” says Pang. The romance between The two began just before they left Los Angeles in 1972. “Yoko kept pushing, but I wanted to wait for John to make the first move” says May. “It wasn’t even something I wished for. After that and back again, I’d speak to him, Where is this happening? And he spoke, I don’t remember. I’m only tired of being trapped inside. And hey what’s that? I’m only going for it. He wasn’t joyful at his wedding, and it made things horrible for all those operating inside.” May has defended herself in the past from reporters asking if she exploited her brief affair with Lennon, and she admits being the other woman wasn’t something she was proud of. “I experienced terrible loss, I informed John and he was ready” her, she says. “Yoko was seeking 10-15 times a day wanting to know what was occurring. Tiny undertook I remember, she had been deceiving him around the same period. I had little or no idea, but neither undertook John. We reveal.” I just wanted to treat him as a normal person. I didn’t want to be his mother, but I’ve been his secretary, his personal assistant. I’d answer the phones for him. Once we got together, I have no longer worked for him. But I wanted to help him with everyday things. I wanted it to be just me and him. “The movie’s story is told, partly, through video and an era musical — place together with senior music supervisor Howard Paar — with the visualisers to represent Lennon’s possess creative splodges, seen on whatever number of handwritten notes from him to May that then appear in the film.” I thought the animation was fantastic, just so clever, “told Pang.” I was also surprised at some of the footage that was found of me. When people asked for my autograph, I’ll tell them, You don’t want my help. A star is enough for a family. “Pang asserts the appreciated Troubadour events — where John has been cast out of the classic Hollywood team for taunting the Smothers Brothers and now for placing a sanitary napkin on his neck — were oddities in Lennon’s remain in Los Angeles, where he was incessantly taunted on by companion Harry Nilsson, especially.” John was drinking, but that was overblown in retrospect, “said Pang.” The press keeps repeating The same stories over and over again. “May can accept she eventually fell for Lennon. Requested if he was a good partner, she happy a Cheshire kitty giggles.” What do you think?? “The set had been forced to return to New York in February 1974 for Lennon to meet with The legal authorities about his immigration status in The U. S. S.” Yoko told John she wanted a divorce and ordered him to the office of her attorney to sign the papers. When John returned home, he claimed, i’ll be a free man in six months. ‘ “Ono had informed Lennon she realized a method to get him to stop smoking through trance. Pang remembers he came to meet her, encouraging them to come home to their E. V. 52nd Street flat and enemies them to feast. She and Lennon have been preparing to meet up with Paul and Linda McCartney in New Orleans, where the few were audio a new music.” I felt a strange feeling, a premonition that something wasn’t going the right way, “stated May. Lennon never did return and that night, rather land back with Ono at their Dakota flat for what turned out to be five years of house-husbandry and elevating their father Sean until his death in December, 2007,1980.” I knew, at that moment, if John and I had gone to meet Paul and Linda, there would have been new music. He asked if I thought it was a good idea for him to write with Paul again. What do you think I said?? “After the breakup from Lennon, Pang has been married to David Bowie maker Tony Visconti from 1989 to 2000, with two children now in their 30s. Girl Lara is a creative director for Nest Sourcing and Candlelight, whereas father Sebastian is an analyst. With a horror of purple hair, present-day May Pang appears just like she undertook whereupon, and looking home, she recalls” the Lost Weekend “as anything but lost. She is proud of reconnecting John with his father Julian — or someone that speaks warmly of May in his on-camera conversations — and ex-wife Cynthia, and were killed in 2015. She recalls the good twice for Lennon career-wise. He had his first No. 1. Singers playing music with” Whatever Gets You Through the Night, “a partnership with Elton John; she remembers John being influenced for the headline by a preacher by quirky TV Christian Reverend Ike. It hit singles that have driven Lennon’s chart-topping music” Walls & Bridges, “Lennon created his first live performance character in years at Madison Square Garden to conduct the new music with his buddy and co-writer.” Let’s say this way. My time with John may have been short, but all the while it seemed to be massive, “she says.” I was there when he squeezed with Paul over the last period… I performed bongos with Mal Evans. We have seen UFOs and other objects. “Looking back on Lennon’s death 42 years ago, May believes he’d would if he’d lived he’d kill the birds, Lennon, who would now be 81, would still at this age” continue writing music. He couldn’t end. He was a great author. It cascaded from him on stage. He would have been really a voice about what has been going on in the world. He seemed to be’ barmy ‘… What’s bad with everyone? “I dear some of this dialogue.” And what is she doing with all those mementos Lennon left behind, the doodles, Drawings and photographs? “They’re all in a safety deposit box and very valuable to me” told Pang. “Maybe not to anybody else. Maybe I’ll give them to my kids, but I treasure everything. The first person I ever lived with turned out to be John Lennon. Imagine that.”.