British music journalist, author, songwriter and music industry exec. He also uses the pseudonym Wesley Laine.
Norman Jopling began writing for Record Mirror in 1961 at the age of 17. In 1968 he went freelance, regularly contributing pieces to NME, Cream, Billboard, Record Retailer, Jazz Journal, Let It Rock, Music Now and many more.
In 1973 he quit music journalism and joined CBS Records. He spent several years in New York in the late '70s working as a songwriter, and in the '80s co-authored a number of books including The Beatles Conquer America, Cliff Richard & The Shadows and John Lennon with Dezo Hoffmann, and Harrap’s Book Of 1000 Plays with Steve Fletcher.
In 1988 he rejoined the music industry, and has since originated a large number of reissue albums for many record companies. He lives in North London, and his book Shake It Up Baby! covering his early career as a music reporter is due for publication in February 2015