Jimi was a patriot (who had served in the U.S. Army) with a romantic heart. He said, "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."
Can you have a hero who pretends to be or just looks like a bad ass (or a hippy—back in the sixties the observation led to the same prejudice)?
In CRY WOLF by Tami Hoag, classified as a murder mystery set in the Louisiana Bayou, but very much a romance, the bad boy, Jack Boudreax, oozes 'avoid me' unless you want a roll in the sack. But his conflicted heart is struggling to be noble. Write characters like Jimi or Jack and you've enriched your story. Ain't easy to do, I suspect.
Jimi Hendrix composed and published THE WIND CRIES MARY, 1967. When his girlfriend, Kathy Mary Etchingham, after an argument, left him, he penned this song. He's basically saying he'll miss her forever and hears her name in the wind. What a sap, LOL. Jimi was no tough guy, he had a huge heart and tried to fit every human being inside it.
This video should serve to remind us, to not let sit (gathering dust) work we love and sometimes, your own voice, not some mixing of critique suggestions, for alternative ways of saying something, is the most authentic and readers sensing it will appreciate it!
Extra credit: Where did you stand on the Vietnam War, the woman's movement, the civil rights movement? Where do you stand today and if you changed, why?