May Pang's INSTAMATIC KARMA Hits Bookstores Today

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May Pang shares 150 personal photographs of John Lennon taken during their relationship in the mid 1970s. These photos, taken during Lennon's "lost weekend," finally shed light on this period of Lennon's life.

May Pang, former girlfriend of Beatles legend John Lennon, has released INSTAMATIC KARMA (St. Martins Press), a book of 150 photographs taken during their time together in the period that has become known as Lennon's "lost weekend."

Their 18-month relationship, spanning July 1973 through February 1975, was initiated by Lennon's wife, Yoko Ono. In addition to the photos, Pang provides narratives and captions that take the reader to the time and place of each photo.

Upon Lennon's insistence, Pang was able to capture some poignant and historical moments -- such as photos of Lennon signing the official documents ending the Beatles, the last known photo taken with Paul McCartney, photos with Ringo Starr and Lennon's first son, Julian, who Lennon hadn't seen in four years.

Cynthia Lennon, Lennon's first wife, and Julian Lennon, give the book a resounding endorsement and she credits Pang with reuniting father and son.

The book consists of color, black & white, and more casual Polaroid photos.

Although Lennon's "lost weekend" is often glossed over in Beatle history, it was the most prolific period of Lennon's solo career. In addition to his hit albums Mind Games, Rock 'N' Roll, and the #1 Walls and Bridges, Lennon worked with Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Elton John. Lennon's last major concert appearance was Thanksgiving 1974 when he appeared with Elton John and performed his only #1 single, Whatever Gets You Thru The Night.

Far from the misery Lennon professed during this time, these photos depict a content, healthy and playful man who was on top of his game.

Says Pang, "As I started going through these photos, the memories of our happy -- and sometimes zany -- time together came back, opening up a floodgate of emotions, from happiness to sadness and back to happiness. I feel these images bring John back to life."

Today, Pang lives in New York with her two children. In 2004, she launched a Feng Shui jewelry and furniture line which is available on her web site,

Pang is available for radio, television and print interviews. Contact Stephen Lee at St. Martins for bookings.

Stephen Lee, St. Martins Press
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