Since rising on the scene in the mid-’70s, Bruce Springsteen has lived up to his nickname - "The Boss" - as one of the world's largest rock stars. It is a position he has retained by holding firm his earthy, hometown style. With a clear social profile, his tunes have often spoken in defense of the working class, the everyman - often with stories of those who have fallen off, but continue fighting for the promises of the American Dream. He joins a long tradition of such socially-conscious artists, with Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan among his most obvious influences. Musically Springsteen also represents continuity. Influenced by blues, country, folk, and early rock of the ‘50s and ‘60s, he became one of the spearheads in the so-called "heartland rock" that flourished in the United States at the beginning of ‘80s. Beginning with the breakthrough of Born To Run (1975), Springsteen found continuous success into the ‘90s. The River (1980), Born In The USA (1984), and Tunnel Of Love (1987) live on as some of his most successful releases, though many discerning critics hold Nebraska (1982) and The Ghost Of Tom Joad (1995) among his very best albums. After a low period in the ‘90s, the Boss came back in the 2000s with a renewed energy and a prolific string of strong releases and near-constant touring that continues today.