Ted Milton (born 1943) grew up in Africa, Canada and Great Britain. He published some early poems in magazines like Paris Review.
[audio:Blurt – Pure scenario.mp3]In 1969 his poetry was published in the anthology Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain. In the mid-sixties he began performing as a puppeteer, participating in numerous international festivals and appearing on So It Goes, the TV show hosted by Tony Wilson.
In the late seventies he began to play alto-saxophone and founded the group Blurt. The first single “My Mother Was A friend Of An Enemy Of The People” was soon followed by the live album In Berlin (1981).
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“Ted was the most extraordinary man. A poet and a visionary…he was the first person I ever saw physically interpreting music…to enact it with his entire being, dancing and employing facial expressions to interpret what he was hearing. Watching him, I understood for the first time how you could really live music, how you could listen to it and completely make it come alive, so that it was part of your life. It was a real awakening.” Eric Clapton
Since then Blurt released more than twenty records. While living in Brussels in the mid-nineties, Milton started making book-objects with found materials. These were shown on several exhibitions and have been taken up in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris as well as in the British Library.
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