"10 More Things You Might Not Know About John Lennon"
6. The “Lost Weekend” wasn’t very lost at all.
In the weeks before his death, while granting interviews to promote his forthcoming Double Fantasy, Lennon spoke of what he called “The Lost Weekend,” a period of 18 months in the mid-’70s during which he had separated from Yoko Ono, taken up with his personal assistant, May Pang, and gotten drunk on a regular basis. “Lennon tried to paint [this period] as this really desolate, drunken, bottoming-out episode, but that was a very small part of it,” says Rodriguez. “In fact, that time was the most productive post-Beatles era of his career, where he produced two albums of his own, he worked with Ringo on Goodnight Vienna, he produced an entire album [Pussy Cats] with Harry Nilsson, he recorded with David Bowie, Elton John, Mick Jagger. There was a staggering amount of productivity during that time, and the results just shined. It’s a myth that he himself helped propagate — that during [that] time he was just this pathetic figure who couldn’t get his act together until he was back with Yoko. Professionally, it’s not so.”