By 1973, John Lennon had done something for the first time in his career that no one previously thought possible – he made a bad record. After the widely acclaimed Imagine, his followup Some Time in New York City wasn’t well-received by critics or fans. On top of that, Lennon’s marriage to Yoko Ono was failing, and tensions between the two were at an all-time high. Ono proposed a simple solution: Send Lennon off to go live with their personal assistant, May Pang, in an attempt to save their marriage.
The 18 months that followed became known as his Lost Weekend, regarded as one of the epic benders of rock history complete with non-stop partying with the icons of the era. While that was a part of what happened, it proved to be one of Lennon’s most creatively prolific periods between his own projects, his collaborations, and even mending bridges with his former bandmates that nearly resulted in a full-fledged Beatles reunion. He indulged himself in every sense of the word, relished in his own celebrity, and broadened his already massive influence on popular music.