Billie Holiday drawing part of ACT Art Collection

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Funk, Jazz

About a year ago I wrote a post about a jazz album by the Nils Landgren Funk Unit, on the German label ACT. The cover illustration was borrowed from a Warhol drawing I already mentioned a few years earlier, a cover design for an imaginary Billie Holiday album. I have to be honest: while writing that post about Funk Is My Religion, I was wondering where Landgren or the art director would have seen the Billie Holiday drawing. Maybe on my blog, who knows? Well, keep on dreaming, Guy, nothing could be further from the truth. It turns out that ACT’s label owner, Siegfried ‘Siggi’ Loch, is an avid art collector who has the original Warhol drawing in his collection.

Mr. Loch published a book, Art In Music, with works from his collection, a lot of which have a musical theme. Among the artists are famous names as Bruce Nauman, Gerhard Richter, Robert Longo. Raymond Pettibon… Just as is the case with the Warhol drawing, fragments of other works of art in the collection were used on the covers of albums on his ACT label.

Siggi Loch, 82 years old, has always been active in the music industry: he has represented various record labels, he worked as photographer and producer, and in the 1970ies was director of the German branch of WEA Music (later Warner Music).

Siggi Loch’s book ‘Art In Music, Werke aus der ACT Art Collection’ next to the Nils Landgren album with Warhol drawing.
Page from the book, with the Andy Warhol drawing and collage – “Billie Holiday Volume 3, ca 1951.”
Siggi Loch painting the face of trombone player Nils Landgren, for the cover of the album ‘Live In Montreux’ (1996). PHOTO ACT / Sebastian Hartz

WEA Germany-director Siggi Loch with Mick Jagger in 1974. The Rolling Stones recorded many songs of the album ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll’ in a studio in Munich. WEA was distributor for Rolling Stones Records in Germany. PHOTO Archiv Siggi Loch

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