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May Pang to showcase rare photos of John Lennon


Few people knew John Lennon as intimately as May Pang.

Pang was Lennon’s lover during the infamous “Lost Weekend,” which lasted 18 months during late 1973 through early 1975. During this highly creative time for Lennon, Pang took candid photos of Lennon in a comfortable, relaxed environment.

A collection of these private photographs will be on display and available for purchase at Arete Gallery, 122 S. Main St., New Hope, Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21.

The exhibition titled, “The Lost Weekend – The Photography of May Pang,” coincides with the feature film documentary, “The Lost Weekend: A Love Story,” that premiered in theaters in April. Admission to the exhibit is free, and all works are available to purchase. Watch the film’s trailer on YouTube.

Pang will be at Arete Gallery, meeting customers and telling stories behind these limited-edition photographs of Lennon.

During the Lost Weekend, with Pang’s help, Lennon had his most artistically and commercially productive period post-Beatles, which included his only No. 1 Hit Single “Whatever Gets You Through the Night.”

On the “Walls & Bridges” album, Pang can be heard on the song “#9 Dream” where she whispers John’s name. Another song on the album “Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox)” was written about Pang.

Another highlight of the exhibition is the only photograph that exists of John Lennon signing the contract to dissolve the Beatles. This 50-year-old photo has never been available to the public for purchase until now.

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