Season 2 – Episode 4: Jonathan Becker

October 26, 2021

Jonathan Becker, a renowned photographer whose distinctive portraits became a Vanity Fair staple over his 30 years at the magazine, sits down with Andrew for an “edutaining” conversation spanning a variety of fascinating topics. Jonathan chats about the best ways to take photos of famous people, getting drunk with Sinatra, painting John Phillips’ house, and the instructive economy of vintage plate photography.

Andrew Loog Oldham is the original manager/producer of the Rolling Stones, founder of Immediate Records, writer of STONED2STONED, and ROLLING STONED, and the longtime lead DJ on the Underground Garage channel on SiriusXM. Sounds and Vision is the next chapter.

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Show Notes

• Jonathan Becker
• Jonathan Becker Reflects on His Decades of Photographing A-Listers for ‘Vanity Fair’

Jonathan Becker and Brassai in 1979
Jonathan Becker and Brassai in 1979

• The piercing eye of Brassaï: the stunning work of a master French photographer
• A Brief History of Photography and the Camera
• Voigtländer Cameras
• The Rolling Stones – “Play WIth Fire”

• Hollywood Flashback: In the 1930s, Darryl F. Zanuck Had a Killer Instinct

Darryl F. Zanuck Presents

• Frank Sinatra’s Manager Eliot Weisman Opens Up About The Icon In His New Book
• Frank Sinatra’s Infamous Westchester Mob Photo
• Ann Hearst
• Frank Sinatra at the Monaco Red Cross Gala Ball
• Sinatra pal Keely Smith defined desert cool
• Jimmy Bowen
• Dino, Desi & Billy – “I’m A Fool” on The Ed Sullivan Show

• John Phillips: King of the Wild Frontier
• Geneviève Waïte
• Man on the Moon: Exclusive Footage of John Phillips Musical Produced by Andy Warhol (1975)
• Lou Adler: California Dreamin’
• The Mamas & The Papas “California Dreamin'” (September 24, 1967) On The Ed Sullivan Show)

• The Mamas & the Papas perform “California Dreamin'” at the 1998 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

• Joe Jagger and his son Michael “Mick” Jagger on Seeing Sport (1959)

• Mick Jagger Diet and Exercise Program
• Lionel Bart
• Marianne Faithfull – “As Tears Go By” (1965)

• Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby singing in High Society

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