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The Dora Zockman Principle

I named the Dora Zockman Principle after the the heroine of one of my favorite cartoons ever. It’s by R. Crumb (biographyhis website) and it appeared in Uneeda Comix in 1970:

It’s one of the unacknowledged laws of parenthood. If the parents tell them not to do something, the kids will likely find it interesting. It can apply to authority figures in general, not just parents. It’s about being contrary in response to being told what to do.

The Dora Zockman Principle can explain many things. The popularity of hair metal, for example. Shock jocks. How many times in a movie or TV show has the condemnation of something by some up-tight fuddy-duddy only confirmed its popularity? I’ll leave it to you, dear readers, to come up with your own examples.

Great Moments in Rock – La Bamba (Richie Rosenberg)

Anyone who is a fan of the Conan O’Brien TV show (link for original show here) is familiar with trombone player Richie “La Bamba” Rosenberg. You may not know about his history before the show. He got started as a member of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. The Jukes were part of the New Jersey scene that included Bruce Springsteen (who gave La Bamba his nickname). In fact, E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt was a member of the Jukes in the early days. That also explains how La Bamba knew E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg, who recruited him for the Conan O’Brien Show band.

Below is a link for the Jukes’ song When You Dance, written by Springsteen and Van Zandt, which first appeared on the 1977 album This Time It’s For Real. This shows that La Bamba had a flair for comedy 35 years ago. At the beginning of the song the band is chanting “La Bamba, La Bamba, …” while La Bamba does a crazed elephant impersonation on his trombone. It’s hilarious and it’s a great song; give it a listen:

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