|Name Ruth Polsky|
Born December 5, 1954 (age 31)
Died 7 September 1986 (aged 31), New York, New York, United States
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Ruth Polsky (December 5, 1954 - September 7, 1986) was a booker and music promoter in New York City. She died after being crushed by a runaway cab on the steps of the Limelight club in New York.
Polsky was raised in Toms River, New Jersey and graduated from Clark University, where she worked on the students newspaper.
"A driver for a car service has been charged with running a red light after his vehicle collided with a taxicab that spun out of control, struck and killed a woman in front of the Limelight discotheque in Chelsea, the police said yesterday. The victim, who was killed instantly Sunday night when the cab pinned her against the front of the building at 47 West 20th Street, was identified yesterday as Ruth Polsky of 90 West Houston Street, according to a police spokesman, Officer Joseph McConville"
During the period 1979 until her death, Polsky was talent buyer at Hurrah and then Danceteria in New York, also promoting shows at The Ritz and booking bands out across the country. In this role she was crucial in breaking many, particularly UK-based, post-punk acts in the USA, including tours for The Smiths, New Order, Einstürzende Neubauten, The Only Ones, The Sisters of Mercy, The Birthday Party, Cocteau Twins, and The Chameleons. She worked closely with Shirley O'Loughlin at Rough Trade to bring in The Raincoats, Delta 5, Young Marble Giants, Cabaret Voltaire, The Go-Betweens, The Slits and The Pop Group for their US debuts. Ruth booked the Joy Division USA tour in May 1980, which was canceled after Ian Curtis' death. Other bands that got their first USA break via Polsky are A Certain Ratio, Echo & the Bunnymen, Simple Minds, The Teardrop Explodes, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Gene Loves Jezebel, and the Jesus & Mary Chain.
Danceteria - New York in the 80's
In February 2017 the New York Post ran a profile of Polsky entitled The forgotten New Yorker who changed the ‘80s music scene.