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Patty Farmer

Author and Historian

Author and historian Patty Farmer is a business woman and former model, and is acknowledged as the leading expert on the music (particularly jazz), entertainment, and entertainers of Playboy. In her most current book, Playboy Swings, she chronicles—through hundreds of personal interviews—the careers and personalities of the country’s leading jazz artists. Terry Teachout, in a review for The Wall Street Journal, said, “Playboy Swings is a well-researched, fascinatingly detailed new book by Patty Farmer. It goes a long way toward answering the question of how Jazz acquired its cultural cachet. Patty has followed the entertainment industry as an avid fan and archivist all her life, and has spent the last decade writing about some of our most significant cultural institutions and personalities.