Bruce Springsteen grew from a dishevelled, bearded singer of youthful street ballads to become the hottest name in the rock world twice. The resilience of the New Jersey troubadour has seen him top the album charts in four successive decades, and his epic world tours with the legendarily hard-working E Street Band are still sell-outs well into the new millennium. Once seen as another Bob Dylan wannabe, Springsteen became rocks definitive chronicler of blue-collar life and inheritor of the spirit of Woody Guthrie. When the world needed a compassionate artistic statement, he delivered. This guide examines the growth of Bruce Springsteens career, from the optimistic youth who wrote Born To Run to the respected heavyweight songwriter of today.