To the long list of things that bluesmen and rappers share in common, add this: susceptibility to the Misidentified Black Person syndrome.
See the picture above? The white guy is Chris Strachwitz, founder of the wonderful folk-music label Arhoolie Records.
San Francisco Chronicle music writer Joel Selvin recently profiled Mr. Strachwitz.
Now, can you name that Negro?
At first, the Chronicle said it was Lightnin’ Hopkins. But it’s not.
The following correction was published on Sunday:
“The Jan. 13 edition of the Chronicle Magazine misidentified a person in a photograph caption on page 12. It is Mississippi Fred McDowell standing to the left of Chris Strachwitz.”
Funny thing is, the San Francisco Chronicle website still captions that photo “Hopkins and Strachwitz in Houston.”
For the record: It is McDowell and Strachwitz in Como, Mississippi.