- Fans beginning to appreciate how Hendrix's race shaped his life and music
- For decades, audiences misunderstood the importance of guitar icon's heritage
- Blacks dismissed him as a musical Uncle Tom; whites only saw him as a stereotype
- But he was influenced by blues and R&B, as well as stinging racism, observers say
(CNN)Two weeks after closing Woodstock with his reinvention of "The Star Spangled Banner," Jimi Hendrix decided to offer a free concert for a group he called "my people."