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A CANDID CONVERSATION WITH JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY WHO WAS ANYBODY ABOUT JUST ABOUT ANYTHING
Sometimes witty, often controversial but usually relevant the Playboy Interview has become as much an integral part of the magazine as any other content. Even today interviews conducted over 45 years ago still retain that relevance, a testament to the interview subjects chosen.

It was 1962, and Hugh Hefner was thinking of a new feature for his eight-year-old PLAYBOY magazine. Sifting through unpublished material that editorial had obliged him with a partial manuscript, in which a fledgling journalist named Alex Haley had interviewed jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, caught his interest. 

The musician spoke less of blue notes than of discord between blacks and whites, and Hef found his words compelling. Haley was dispatched to question Davis further, and when the completed interview appeared in September 1962, it launched what would become an institution: the Playboy Interview.

In the ensuing decades, "candid conversations" with more than 500 notable personalities, box office stars, sporting champs, sporting chumps, heads of state, wannabe heads of state, a Princess, a Prince, an assassin, scholars and scoundrels have all been published. Eminent journalists who have conducted them include Nat Hentoff, Kenneth Tynan, Tom Wicker, Alvin Toffler and Mike Wallace.

MORE YET TO BE SAID
Lots of people have been interviewed twice, including a certain Mr. Hefner (January 1974 and January 2000). There has even been three members of the same family interviewed, Henry (December 1981), Jane (April 1974) and Peter Fonda (September 1970). But, only one person has been interviewed three times, Bruce Willis (November 1988, February 1996 and July 2007).

Forty-four people have done both a full interview and answered 20 Questions including Bruce Willis for the August 1998 issue

Johnny Depp has been interviewed twice, (January 1996 and May 2004). In a strange coincidence Pamela Anderson is on the cover of both issues.

   
A FEW DECADES OF QUOTABLE QUOTES
Notable "music industry" Interviews you may enjoy include those of Joan BaezGarth BrooksKenny Chesney, Sammy Davis Jr., John Denver, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Berry Gordy, Jennifer Lopez, Ludacris, Luciano Pavarotti, Lionel Richie, Sting, Pete Townshend and Chris Isaak, Tom Petty, Steven Van Zandt and Barry White have all answered 20 Questions.