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Playboy Swings: How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed the Face of Music Hardcover – November 30, 2015
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About the Author
Patty Farmer is acknowledged as the leading expert on all things pertaining to music, entertainment—and the entertainers—of Playboy. She’s also a businesswoman and former model, and has followed the entertainment industry as an insider, as well as an avid fan and archivist all her life. Her work draws upon a lifetime of friendship and socializing among personalities and celebrities around the world. In her previous book, The Persian Room Presents, she transported readers back to the halcyon days of New York City nightlife. Patty splits her time between New York, Texas, and France.
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a place to work. But the author seems to have no clue about who the major players were unless they went on to appeal to popular culture. Lots of name dropping, and the same names, over, and over, and over. And the same stories of Bunny training, over, and over, and over, and over, and over.
In short, this is another one of those books that badly needed an editor. And it needed an author who knew something about music. As a young man coming of age in the age of Playboy, I was really looking forward to this book, but mostly found it a waste of time. If the printing had been decent, I would have given it three stars.
and Playboy always had interesting articles about wonderful Jazz musicians. This book brings back so many
fond memories of so many Jazz greats. For anyone who experienced the Playboy experience or for anyone
who is curious about the history of Playboy and music, this is a must-read.
This new book by Patty Farmer (whose credits list her as a businesswoman and former model) has been an “insider, avid fan, and archivist all her life” concentrates on the three projects noted above (the festivals, TV series and Playboy Clubs) in this 320page book. She interviews some of the entertainers as well as managers of the clubs. This book will probably be best enjoyed by those (mostly over 60 years old) who actually remember when Playboy ruled the world as a magazine and who will be familiar with entertainers and jazz musicians who are covered in the book. I grew up with Playboy (and recently realized that all those 40 years of back issues that I was saving were practically worthless!) and I discovered some cool jazz through the TV shows and the interviews in the magazine. I even had a “key” (It was a metal credit card) to the New York Playboy Club) and went a few times. Reading through this book brought back some memories.
It’s well worth checking out to rekindle some of your own memories.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.