Norman Westberg participated in one of the most mind altering, soul crushing, yet gorgeous and serene, groups to emerge in the last 40 years. We know of so many bands that were influenced by Swans, so it was very humbling to hear what influenced Westberg and his approach to the music that he wanted to make during his multi decade participation in the group. A groundbreaking and unique guitarist, Westberg joined Swans after the release of their EP and the rest is well... History! It was an honor and privilege to speak to this legend as I've personally been a huge fan and admirer of his prolific body of work for some time now. It doesn't get any heavier than this. Enjoy!Support the show (https://cash.app/$PrimitiveManSoundz )
Laughing coats, booing the Blockheads, roller-skate disco. The New York guitarist discusses three important albums.Norman's picks:1) Nico – Chelsea Girl2) Black Box – Dreamland3) Lou Reed – BerlinNorman Westberg's website is here, and be sure to check out those beautiful limited editions on his Etsy store. Keep updated with his latest happenings on Facebook.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening
A proud Detroit native, Norman Westberg is an exceptional and creative guitarist based in the East Village. Since their inception and throughout their evolution, Norman has played in one of my favorite bands, Swans. Just off the heels of their final performances in Brooklyn, Norman came over in the middle of an intense NYC blizzard for a talk about his childhood in Detroit, Swans, his solo work, gear and blowing things up. Norman is a legend and this talk was a true honor and pleasure.