May Pang was born in 1950, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, she grew up in New York’s Spanish Harlem. May is best known for her 18 month relationship with John Lennon, often referred to as ‘The Lost Weekend’ and her subsequent marriage to music producer, Tony Visconti. May is also a successful photographer, author and jewellery designer with her work represented around the world. Her intimate and truthful portraits of John Lennon during their time together are of significant importance, with rare images of John and his first son Julian. In addition to working for Apple Records and Lennon, May also worked in music publishing / A&R for Island Records and United Artists. In 2010 May launched her own line of feng shui jewellery and subsequently the Linda Mai collection, an exquisite range inspired by her Mother’s extraordinary dress sense, crafted entirely from vintage Swarovski crystals.


  • 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, but John insisted

    May Pang - Instamatic Karma


May Pang was 22 when she began to work for John Lennon and Yoko Ono as a personal assistant. This is the story of her life with John and Yoko. This was May's first ever book and is currently out of print

``Highly accurate in detail! and vivid in presentation... the best memoir we possess of any period in John Lennon's life.``
- Albert Goldman

“(Pang’s) Photos touch on underappreciated facets of Lennon’s life: he and son Julian, then about 10, cavort in the water; Julian dresses up in John’s clothes - all very homey, as are shots of Lennon and Pang exuding domestic bliss. Not out to foment scandal, Pang comments about Lennon’s recording activities and personal concerns of the time very gently. Great for fans and desirable if not essential for biographical reference. And finally, how can libraries go wrong acquiring anything about any Beatle?” Mike Tribby

“What if he’d stayed with her? John Lennon’s lover May Pang remembers the happiness of an unhappy man. And shows, how she saw him – in pictures” Willi Winkler

May often gives talks at a wide range of events and locations from rock festivals to universities. See her news page for upcoming events. For general info please contact / For business enquiries only please contact