If you are reading this then you are one of us!* You are also a little late, but welcome. We were celebrating 40 years of the Strawbs and had invited one and all to challenge for the title of “Strawbsmeister”. As it is, you can still take the quiz and determine whether you were Strawbsmeister material.
I think we're all agreed that the Strawbs do not deserve the place that they have been given in folk/rock history. They should really be receiving far more credit and acclaim than they actually get. I say “they” - I mean 'he'. Let's face it, the Strawbs is really a pseudonym for Dave Cousins. Not taking anything away from the contributions made by countless hugely talented associates, the driving force of what we have known and loved as the Strawbs is Dave Cousins.
If you are anything like us then you are waving a fond farewell to middle age and a lot of your time is spent on reminiscing. As spotty teenagers we were eased through many troubling times with Witchwood, Grave New World and Curios. Ah, they all thought we were weird... but The Shepherd's Song always managed to get the girlfriend's knickers off. Let's raise a glass to Dave Cousins and all the Strawbs (including the “back room staff”) and extend a huge thank you for giving us... so much.
Enjoy the quiz – Ahead of you lay 40 questions, some with bonus points. The answers are now provided under each question, but have been made the same colour as the background to preserve the challenge for those who wish it. To reveal them, select and highlight the text under each question (by clicking and dragging the mouse pointer over it) or press Ctrl + A to select all.
If you wish to challenge yourself to see how well you would have done, feel free. The answer form has been left up, so you can copy & paste it into your word processor if you would find this helpful.
List your answers from 1 to 40 to correspond with the question's number. 2 points each correct answer. If there is a bonus point, type your answers a), b). c) etc. as directed. Total bonus points 19 and one for spotting Dick.Rate your overall performance as follows:
Click here for a form that you can select, copy and paste.
Here is the trophy that you could have won (your own cleverness permitting), a hand-crafted stained glass tea light holder, no less.
Congratulations go to its winner, Strawbsmeisterin Sue Holton, here seen receiving this unique, personalised ornamento from our Quizmaster at Rick Wakeman's Six Wives gig at Hampton Court, Saturday 2nd May 2009.
This is still just for fun, OK? We are still not responsible for anything.
Luv and hugs,
The Quizmaster and the Webmaster.