Norman Westberg

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Norman Westberg
Also known as Norman Westburg
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Noise rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1982–present
Associated acts Swans, Wiseblood, Jarboe, Foetus, Heroine Sheiks
Notable instruments
Fender Telecaster

Norman Westberg is a New York City guitarist best known for his work with Swans. Present through almost the entirety of the band's existence, Westberg was brought on for Swans' debut album Filth (1983) and appeared on every album through 1991s White Light From the Mouth of Infinity (he also played in 1995 for The Great Annihilator).[1] Westberg became a full-time Swans member once again when Michael Gira reactivated the group in 2010.[2]

Westberg's playing can also be heard on many Swans side projects, including The Body Haters and solo albums by Jarboe. Westberg was for a short time a member of The Heroine Sheiks with Shannon Selberg (ex-The Cows)[3] as well as John Fell (ex-China Shop). Aside from the present incarnation of Swans, he currently plays in the NYC bands NeVAh (with Vinnie Signorelli & Algis Kizys) and Five Dollar Priest (formerly Size Queens) (with Ron Ward of Speedball Baby & Bob Bert among others).[4] He also appeared (credited as Norman Westburg) in a short film The Right Side of My Brain directed by Richard Kern and starring Lydia Lunch.

On February 25, 2012, Westberg made two limited edition solo releases available at his webstore.[5] Plough is a four-track EP recorded from 2006-2009 and features Westberg coupling guitar with banjo and DX drum machine.[6] Limited Edition of 75 features one fifteen minute long ambient piece and is packaged in one-of-a-kind imagery, each disk being decorated with a unique MRI from a CD Westberg was given in hospital.[7] Both CD-Rs are packaged in handmade sleeves, Plough with a signed inner and Limited Edition of 75 signed and numbered on the disk itself.

Westberg's most recent recorded appearances are on Swans double live album We Rose From Your Bed with the Sun in Our Head, which was released initially as a handmade CD in a limited edition of 1000 copies issued to raise money for the recording of a new Swans album proper.[8]

In February 2014 Westberg released a third limited edition Solo CD entitled Thirteen.

Discography[edit]

Swans[edit]

Further information: Swans and Swans discography
Year Title
1983 Filth
1984 Cop
1986 Greed
1986 Holy Money
1987 Children of God
1989 The Burning World
1991 White Light from the Mouth of Infinity
1995 The Great Annihilator
2010 My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky
2012 The Seer
2014 To Be Kind

Sulfur[edit]

Further information: Sulfur
Year Title
1998 Delirium Tremens

The Heroine Sheiks[edit]

Further information: The Heroine Sheiks
Year Title
2000 Rape on the Installment Plan
2002 Siamese Pipe

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