In 1980s New York club culture, it was nearly impossible for female D.J.s to make a name for themselves outside of the gay disco realm. Only a handful managed to break out. Anita Sarko was one of them. Ms. Sarko, a rock D.J. who was a crucial bridge between the city’s punk and disco scenes, committed suicide this month at age 68, according to the night-life chronicler Michael Musto.
“She really was alone in a man’s world,” Mr. Musto said. “She fit right in with that mid-80s downtown scene where everything was large.”
Ms. Sarko grew up in Detroit, where she discovered her love of music early. “Whenever there was a party, I was the one who brought records,” she told The New York Times in 1987. “It was obvious I’d end up being a D.J., but I didn’t realize it. When you go to a job counselor, they don’t tell you being a D.J. is one of your choices.”