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Playboy’s interviews were models of the art form

September 30, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Hugh Hefner, who died this week at age 91, was known most as an instigator of the sexual revolution of the 1960s and ’70s.

But Playboy’s influence extended well beyond its centerfolds, whether by publishing authors like Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut, sponsoring comedians and jazz musicians or through its mastery of the art of the interview.

Playboy’s long and searching conservations are remarkable for the people who spoke to the magazine and for what they said.

Playboy has met with political leaders like Fidel Castro and athletes like Muhammad Ali. It was the rare publication to speak with Marlon Brando the second half of his life.

A joint interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono came out two days before the former Beatle was murdered by a deranged fan.

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