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).