Sad news out of New York today about the passing of DJ/journalist Anita Sarko – a true original and one of shining stars of downtown club scene.
Anita first rose to prominence at the Mudd Club (an iconic ’70s/early ‘80s new wave club) and later in the VIP room of ‘80s megaclub, the Palladium, where she was always dressed to the absolute nines in elaborate ballgowns and costume jewelry. She famously co-hosted the No Entiendes cabaret at Danceteria (with her old pal Haoui Montaug)– and contributed to numerous magazines like Egg, Paper, Interview, and Playboy.
According to Michael Musto:
Five years ago, Anita was diagnosed with both ovarian and uterine cancers, but she was operated on and not only survived, she was declared in the clear earlier this year. But she suffered some lingering pains and also complained of the results of the hormone depletion caused by her hysterectomy. More of an issue, though, was the fact that she couldn’t find creatively satisfying work and worried about her career, feeling that various projects had reached an absolute dead end for her. I helped her with her resume and job possibilities, but she found that nothing clicked, since employers were looking for recent college grads, not old-timers with history and personality. Rejection turned to despair and, though Anita was doing work and paying her bills, she feared for her future and felt discarded and unappreciated.
It’s hard to imagine a New York without Auntie Anita.