Italian rock owes its coming of age to Vasco Rossi. The Emilian songwriter born in Zocca, near Modena in 1952 best combined the energies of an imported music genre and the ideal aspirations of younger Italian audiences: a blend that has no equals for charisma and commercial success. The ability to draw and mesmerise enormous crowds at his live concerts and to express original concepts in a simple way has earned Vasco the definition of the Italian Springsteen.