In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared December 15 as “Bill of Rights day” in honor of the first ten amendments officially becoming part of the Constitution of the United States.
In honor of this moment in history, we imagined what the Bill of Rights of Rock and Roll would look like, and we came up with these 11 amendments, because, naturally, it goes to 11.
Freedom to rock and roll all night and party every day.
Right to bare arms. (For real, tank tops/muscle shirts are awesome and the ideal way to show off your tattoo sleeves.)
Right to assorted pyro when performing live or making a music video.
Freedom to experiment with world music, even if it’s misguided. (Also referred to the “Hanging out with Ravi Shankar phase” amendment, per Wayne’s World.)
Right to wear sunglasses indoors.
Right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury. (Considering some of rocks most notorious moments, we’re just going to keep the Sixth Amendment as is.)
Freedom to alter hotel rooms as you see fit.
Right to have ridiculous demands on your tour rider to make sure the promoter read your contract. (Thanks, Van Halen.)
Freedom to open up, preferably in the form of a tell-all book.
Freedom to license band logos/imagery to create crazy merch.
Right to crank things to 11 at all times. Noise ordinances be damned!
Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.