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The Passing of a Music Critic

Sunday 3 February 2008 @ 19:54 - GMT

A man who interviewed Elton, Bono and many other music-makers, died on January 27.

Adam Parker Block, a San Francisco resident originally from Seattle, had suffered from a protracted pulmonary illness, according to the Chronicle.

In the eighties Adam was a popular music critic for The Advocate where he penned a regular column, Block on Rock.

His writing also appeared in numerous publications including Mother Jones, the New Musical Express and Creem.

The 56-year-old, who was gay, was known as being a challenging and unforgettable friend, in turns fiercely loyal and loving and breathtakingly selfish, combative and self absorbed. He is survived by nine siblings: Jonathon, Daniel, Kenan, Susanna, Mary Judith, Tamara, Christina, Melinda, Newton and his step-mother Mary Lou Block as well as 13 nieces and nephews.

Adam's father Robert Jackson Block and mother, Dorothy Wolens Block preceded him in death.

The family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Bailey-Boushay House, 2720 E. Madison St., Seattle, WA 98112.