50 Years of the Playboy Interview

Scores of men (including my father) claimed they only read Playboy for the interviews.  Not that I ever believed him.

But I guess there was some merit to the claim, as it was just announced that Playboy is releasing a collection of 50 interviews, exclusively through Amazon, called “50 Years of the Playboy Interview.”

How did the venerable tits-and-ass magazine go lit?

According to the book description on Amazon, “In mid-1962, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was given a partial transcript of an interview with Miles Davis. It covered jazz, of course, but it also included Davis’s ruminations on race, politics and culture. Fascinated, Hef sent the writer—future Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Alex Haley, an unknown at the time—back to glean even more opinion and insight from Davis.

The resulting exchange, published in the September 1962 issue, became the first official Playboy Interview and kicked off a remarkable run of public inquisition that continues today—and that has featured just about every cultural titan of the last half century.

To celebrate the Interview’s 50th anniversary, the editors of Playboy have culled 50 of its most (in)famous Interviews–including Tina Fey, Jack Nicholson and Martin Luther King–and will publish them over the course of 50 weekdays (from September 4, 2012 to November 12, 2012) via Amazon’s Kindle Direct platform.

Sorry dad…no dirty pictures though.

2 replies
  1. Charles D.
    Charles D. says:

    When I was fourteen I worked Saturdays at a local pharmacy. Front counter stuff. And vacuuming. And dusting. Great job…because the owner, a respected pharmacist in our small town, kept a stack of Playboys in the pharmacy area for his “best customers”.

    I might have wound up with a few of those magazines.

    Interviews? Oh yeah, there were interviews. I think I first discovered them in my twenties.

    In all seriousness, they did have some doozies. Of all people, there was one with Roseanne Barr that I still remember.

    Thanks for the heads up!

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  2. Gary Revere
    Gary Revere says:

    I could swear I read an interview, in the late 70’s or early 80’s, with the North Vietnamese general who was in charge at the end of the war.
    Am I crazy?

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