Playboy Magazine, July 1976

July 10, 2023 in PlayBoy 70s by Wyatt Earp

Playboy Magazine, July 1976

The July 1976 issue of Playboy Magazine begins with a critique of Time Magazine, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at media dynamics. It proceeds with reviews of the latest works by Gail Sheehy, William Kotzwinkle, and Peter De Vries, reflecting Playboy's commitment to the literary scene.

Two short features, "Forbidden Words" and "Forbidden Games," examine contemporary language and the effects of religious sexual doctrines, respectively, adding a touch of cultural critique.

The interview section presents an engaging conversation with Karl Hess, a former ghostwriter guru for Barry Goldwater, discussing politics, sex on the campaign trail, and his experiences with bartering.

The memoir "Born on the Fourth of July" by ex-Marine Ron Kovic offers a powerful depiction of the Vietnam war's horrors, adding a sobering note to the issue.

The issue also presents a profile of composer Gil Scott-Heron, known as the 'black Bob Dylan', and a pictorial featuring Jayne Marie Mansfield, daughter of the iconic movie sex symbol and Playboy's February 1955 Playmate, Jayne Mansfield.

Adding a touch of humor, "Art Buchwald's Bicentennial Album" gives a playful reinterpretation of America's history. The issue concludes with a personality piece on the talented Lily Tomlin, revealing her lesser-known sides and eclectic character portfolio.

Copies of this issue may be available from vintage magazine stores or online platforms.

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