Norman Westberg is a guitarist from Detroit 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). Westberg became a full-time Swans member once again when Michael Gira reactivated the group in 2010.
On February 25, 2012, Westberg made two limited edition solo releases available at his webstore.Plough is a four-track EP recorded from 2006 to 2009 and features Westberg coupling guitar with banjo and DX drum machine.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. 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.
In February 2014 Westberg released a third limited edition solo CD entitled 13, which will be reissued through Room40 record label on November 13, 2015.