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Will Strawbs be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


10 comments so far (post your own)

One of my favourite bands and perhaps one of the best prog rock acts. They had some strong material with their singles, particularly "Part of the Union" and it's album Bursting at the Seams along with the Grave New World album.

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 12:03pm

Strawbs were a unique band and should definitely be in along with other prog rock bands like The Moody Blues, Electric Light Orchestra, Procol Harum, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Yes. It's unacceptable that biased ignorants like Jann Wenner have a say in who goes in and who doesn't.

Posted by Mr. Octagon on Saturday, 09.20.08 @ 14:52pm

Love The Strawbs,respect Dave Cousins songwriting ability.
And i'm sure they influenced many in the early days of prog rock,but sadly i don't think they get into the RRHOF.
I still vote yes though,wishful thinking i suppose.

Posted by Gary James CA on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 10:36am

Strawbs perfectly combined prog rock with folk rock. They also had a big influence on early prog rock in the UK. Yes to Strawbs!!

Posted by Tribbter on Sunday, 10.12.08 @ 12:22pm

This is a very poetic group that at times soared with some gorgeous songs. There is an old English folk melody underneath the electric guitars and mellotrons that make The Strawbs very different than other prog groups from the 70's.

Cousins sings some drop dead lyrics on "Grave New World" "may you rot, may you rot, may you rot in your grave new world". A great song about greed and hate and final rest.

Posted by Ed on Friday, 03.13.09 @ 22:02pm

Good Strawbs story. When "Grave New World" first came out in PA some of the local radio stations starting playing it. Strawbs played a concert somewhere in Phila. out near the Main Line. It was in a coffee house folk type of place. I forget the name but myself and a couple of friends went to the show.

This place was very small. About the size of a medium sized restaurant. The crowd was very folky, I suppose they were older Strawbs listeners from their folk period.

But my friends, they came to rock, not to folk. They brought the Mellotron and the Electronic Dulcimer to the folk scene and it was lights out. I must have been sitting 5 feet from Dave Cousins. I think I could have offered him a hit off of the hash pipe if he wasn't playing that night.

That Mellotron in "Grave New World" was so loud and I was sitting practically on the speaker.

A strange situation to listen to the Strawbs live.

Posted by Ed on Wednesday, 03.25.09 @ 16:37pm

The fact that The Strabs have any support at all shows that the people who frequent this website are every bit as small minded as the Jann Wenners and Little Stevens of the world that they love to rail against. Both are more interested in their pet projects, rather than acutal deserving acts. Only here, it's a bunch of prog acts who might have had a niche of fans, but aren't actually Hall worthy any more than Little Steven's Do Wop Crusade De Jeur.

The hypocracy is laughable.

Rush? Sure. Put 'em in. Yes? Borderine, but I'd be OK with it. Genesis? I wouldn't have done it. Floyd? Already in and deservedly so.

But the rest of 'em? Really? No.

I'm not a Kiss fan, but Paul Stanley had a great quote, "The Critics? Critics liked Emerson, Lake and Palmer. YOU listen to Emerson Lake and Palmer - not me."

There are a whole list of undeserving prog acts that also shouldn't get in before you even get to the Strawbs. Yet the're prog, so they get blinding support around here.

Posted by Johnny Six String on Tuesday, 06.8.10 @ 07:45am

I should also add to the above that I'm not saying they're a bad band. They're not. They're just not a Hall of Fame band.

Posted by Johnny Six String on Tuesday, 06.8.10 @ 07:49am

There are a whole list of undeserving prog acts that also shouldn't get in before you even get to the Strawbs. Yet the're prog, so they get blinding support around here.

Posted by Johnny Six String on Tuesday, 06.8.10 @ 07:45am

7 posts (with only 2 actually directly saying the Strawbs should be inducted) hardly seems like "blinding support" to me but I understand what you're saying. I'm guessing (correct me if I'm wrong) you're one of those who are more in favour of a "small Hall" or at least think the Hall should only induct "the legends" and not simply "very good" bands. If this is the case, I certainly agree with you. Personally, I don't think the Strawbs have quit the credentials to make it, if a folk-prog act is going to get in, my money is on Jethro Tull.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 06.8.10 @ 11:04am

Dunno how Paul Stanley cme to the onclusion critics liked ELP

Posted by GFW on Friday, 09.28.12 @ 16:39pm

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