Harvey Lubar remembers Jerry Moore

Harvey Lubar, from private correspondence, posted here with permission:

I don’t know where to even begin.

Jerry and I were very close in college (we both went to Lehman in the Bronx), took courses together, and he was a member of the Hell’s Honkies Tape Club (there were only four of us). I drove Jerry to many of the concerts he taped in 1973 and 1974, and it always drove him nuts that you could hear me briefly talking between songs.

We first met in Oct. 1972 when he answered a notice I taped on a wall in the Student Union at Lehman looking to trade tapes. We hung out at each other’s houses a lot and Jerry was far more aggressive in taping shows than I would ever be. Quite frankly, I was too neurotic and would never enjoy a show I taped.

Jerry eventually got to know Les Kippel and they became close, starting Dead Relix together. I took out an ad in the first few issues and Jerry took out separate ads. Lots of people contacted us and we were off to the races. Pat Lee was one of those who also had a business card for tape trading, and it has been my pleasure to call Pat a friend since 1973 or 74.

I will never forget the expression on Jerry’s face when he first bought the Sony TC 152 in early 1974. Boy, he loved that machine, and Jerry had the knack for finding the sweet spot for the best sound. He particularly loved the first row of the loge or balcony (can’t remember which) of the Academy of Music, later called the Palladium.

After college (June 1975) Jerry and I went our separate ways. I didn’t see him again until the Dead shows in Sept. 1990 at MSG. We spoke for a few minutes and then the show started. We bumped into each other only a few times after that but I will always cherish (and I don’t use that term lightly) those times we spent together in college.

Not too long ago, I misinterpreted something Jerry wrote on Lossless Legs and I thought there was going to be a bit of an online battle. He was a master of the English language and I would have lost that one REAL QUICK. Instead, we hashed things out off-list and the emails were hysterical.

Most people don’t know that Jerry was born in Northern Ireland. I loved to tease him about William of Orange and Orange Day and he would get on my case about being Jewish. It was classic crap between two 19-year-olds and it makes me feel so sad that we didn’t remain closer. We will certainly miss Jerry but his recordings will go on forever, making Jerry immortal. Good for him!

Harvey

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5 Responses to “Harvey Lubar remembers Jerry Moore”

  1. Dan McD says:

    I was one of those people who answered the ads in the first Dead Relix magazine. I had taped the 12/18/73 and 12/19/73 Dead shows, and traded those and a few others with Jerry.

    I never met him in person, but appreciate what he did for the community.

  2. Toni Brown says:

    It hit me real hard…Jerry wasn’t what I would call a close friend, but I followed in his footsteps when I took over the reins of Relix. We had some good interactions over the years when we’d run into each other at shows, and we were in touch the past year during my research for RELIX: The Book. I read every word Jerry ever wrote for Relix during his four short years with the magazine, and I came away with a better understanding of his spirit. Let that spirit be free…R.I.P. Jerry.

  3. Les Kippel says:

    My Partner in Crime. Lots of good times. Lesh and the Woodstock Tapes, 1974 East Coast tour from Miami to Rhode Island

  4. Harold Honkie says:

    Hello to All — as everyone else, I was very sad to hear the news of Jerry passing — as one of the four Hells Honkies and hearing it from Harvey Honkie it especially hit hard — although I ran into Jerry sporadically over the years whenever we did it was like we had just seen each other the day before — he was passionate beyond belief in regards to the music and did his best to keep it ‘alive’ — the music he captured and preserved will be his legacy for those that remain behind and for those to come — ROCK ON — Harold Honkie

  5. pete mullins says:

    hey harvey…hey…we went to lehman together in the 70’s…you started me off in the whole world of taping…thxs mucho…still at it here..lol…hope all is well as we approach the big 60…thake care ..pete

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