Jack Henry Moore was never one of the stars of London’s counterculture, but you can be sure the scene’s most famous names all knew his. From creating sound and vision at the legendary UFO club with Pink Floyd and The Soft Machine, filming John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s first Bagism ‘happening’, to his involvement with the cult underground paper International Times and the pivotal 14-Hour Technicolor Dream, Jack was a fixture of the city’s creative core.


He was also a pioneering video artist, creating a huge film archive featuring cultural lodestones such as Dylan to Dali, an acid happening on Hampstead Heath with DJ and mod scenester Jeff Dexter, and even rare early ’70s footage of the Dalai Lama.


Jack was a pioneer in other regards. He never hid his homosexuality, even when it was illegal. Growing up in the Midwest in ’50s America, he faced prejudice that may have influenced his later work and travels around Europe. Jim Haynes, his long-time partner and friend, recalls, “My situation in Edinburgh was in difficulty largely due to a growing dislike of Jack Henry Moore and his open homosexuality. If one were a homosexual in those days, it was required to stay in the closet. One certainly didn’t flout it.’


Now Dig, in association with the National Lottery, is bringing that archive to life.  We are starting the process of restoring and digitising Jack’s old video tapes. Jack’s lifestyle and often straitened circumstances meant they were in danger of being destroyed after his death.


At the request of the executors, we drove from the UK to Amsterdam to salvage what we could of the collection - including hundreds of video tapes, reel-to-reel audio recordings and an extensive library of art posters.