May Pang Instamatic Karma – Through My Lens
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, June 15, 6-9pm.
What many don’t know is that Pang has been in the public eye or over four decades. Her career in the music industry started at eighteen with Allen Klein’s company, ABKCO Industries, the firm that managed the Beatles’ Apple Corps. Ltd. and the Rolling Stones.
In 1970, Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono hired May as their personal assistant. Pang would eventually become their production coordinator playing a key role in films and solo records by Lennon and Ono and many others.
In 1974, Pang was awarded an RIAA gold album for her work on Lennon’s hit album, Walls and Bridges. Pang can be heard singing on his hit second single #9 Dream.
In the late 1970s, working for Island Records, Pang coordinated all activities related to the release of albums by Robert Palmer, Third World, and Bob Marley and the Wailers. By the early 1980s, she was one of the leading professional managers in the music publishing industry at United Artist, working with several unknown songwriters and successfully obtaining coverage for Diana Ross, Judas Priest, the Four Tops, Air Supply, and more.
Her memoir, Loving John, published in 1983 set the record straight about her relationship with Lennon. The book detailed her liaison and working association with the late Beatle and shed light on his relationships with his first son, Julian, and former bandmates Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.
In recent years, Pang created a unique collection of stainless steel Feng Shui jewelry and exquisite pieces in sterling silver and gold. May continues to consult on music for films and is a former advisory board member of Women In Music. She also serves as an advisory board member, along with Julian Lennon and Jeff Bridges, at the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) organization.
In 2008, St. Martin’s Press published Instamatic Karma, a collection of Pang’s personal photographs of John Lennon. Fine-art prints of these photos have been exhibited in major galleries across the country.
The collection now hits the Hamptons exclusively at Chase Edwards Contemporary.