He has outraged more people than probably any other rock musician, and his admirers are as diverse as The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Czech President Václav Havel: Frank Zappa, the subject of this month's Playboy Interview conducted by Contributing Editor David Sheff, has lost none of his feistiness despite his battle with cancer. Zappa is one of rock and roll's most experimental figures, and this month he becomes the 43rd inductee into the Playboy Music Hall of Fame.
April also sees Playboy returning to college campuses to sample the state of the student union. Not everything's rosy: Tuition's up, the economy's down, the quad's not the paradise it once was. But there's plenty to rave about, and Wayne Duvall, with help from Playboy's Mark Healy and Bruce Kluger, compiled some astounding facts and phenomena from The Class of '93. You will find the astounding coeds in Student Bodies. Contributing Photographers David Chan and David Mecey underwent serious hardship to bring you the feature. Really.
If there's an enduring figure on campus, it's the hip professor who seduces willing coeds. Murtaugh, The Visiting Poet of Mark Winegardner's fiction story, is just such a rogue.
Far from the madding quiet of the college quad, bands of radicals chain themselves to bulldozers, ram tuna ships and torch fur farms--all in the name of Mother Nature. It's our last chance to save the planet, warn these eco-Cassandras. Whether or not you share their grim view or agree with their tactics, you'll find Dean Kuipers' report Eco Warriors a compelling read. The sculpture is by Parviz Sadighian.
Of growing alarm these days is the assault on privacy. Al Schweitzer, information broker (he's the guy the National Enquirer called to get instant stuff on Jeffrey Dahmer), snoops into the affairs of public figures and private citizens. What he finds, and how easily he finds it, will startle you. His story is told in No Place to Hide, by ex--CIA snoop-turned-journalist Frank Snepp, and is illustrated by Andrzej Pagowski (art director of Playboy's new Polish edition).
There's nothing private about Playboy Music 1993. We asked you, our readers, to tell us who knocked you out--and you did. Naturally, we added our own two cents. There's more interaction in this issue--from the Mantrack Survey Line. In this feature, Playmates help you register your views on everything from dating feminists to TV anchors to fidelity. Also in Mantrack,Pete Hamill has some provocative thoughts about that most unprovocative girl, Madonna.
Who says a supermodel can't be super smart? Cindy Crawford winged through school with A's, nabbed glamourpuss Richard Gere (or he nabbed her) and has her own cable show. She sat down with 20 Questions maven David Rensin and told him what she will and won't do in front of a camera and what is the only way to eat corn on the cob. Ears looking at you, Cindy.
Meeting Cindy Crawford is one of April Playmate Nicole Wood's dreams--she says she wants to know "how the real Cindy is inside." Outside, the rest of us can thank Fashion Director Hollis Wayne, whose Spring & Summer Fashion Forecast has tons of useful tips, plus a chat with Joseph Abboud on linen. Photography is by Gregory Hinsdale.
If wearing less is more inviting, consider our pictorial Tattoo You. It's all about the skin as erotic canvas. Craig Vetter explains what the fuss is all about. The photos are by Stephen Wayda. If approaching a tattooed lady, or any lady of the Nineties, seems daunting, then read Glenn O'Brien'sFlirting with Feminists. It's the essential manual on how to pick up the enlightened woman. And don't miss our Automotive Report: sneak peeks at tomorrow's cars. Now you know everything.
Playboy (ISSN 0032-1478), April 1993, volume 40, number 4. Published monthly by Playboy in national and regional editions, Playboy, 680 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60611. Second-class postage paid at Chicago, Illinois and at additional mailing offices. Canada Post Canadian Publications Mail Sales Product Agreement No. 56162. Subscriptions: in the U.S., $29.97 for 12 issues. Postmaster: Send address change to Playboy, P.O. Box 2007, Harlan, Iowa 51537-4007.