"Like the weirdest guy I ever met"
— Grace Slick
An internationally recognized Rock Journalist, Jim Esposito dropped out of Journalism School at the University of Florida, working as Production Manager for the Independent Florida Alligator, to hangout backstage, go on tour with rock stars of the day such as Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, The Starship, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Bob Seger, Elvin Bishop, Humble Pie, etc... and become a freelance feature writer for a wide range of publications through the 70s and 80s, including Creem, Circus, Rock Magazine, Oui and Playboy.
A student of Gay Talese and Tom Wolfe's New Journalism, based in Fort Lauderdale and then Los Angeles, Esposito wrote a number of insightful profiles on performers such as Donna Summer and Blues Great Howlin' Wolf, was best known for his "on the scene" backstage reports, which often revealed a glimpse into an artist's personality rarely seen otherwise. His low key approach opened up artists such as Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore and The Starship's Grace Slick, who would not speak more than superficially to others.
These days Esposito is a widely read Fantasy Football correspondent for ffMastermind.com under his nom de plume Jimmy The Finger.
An extensive archive of his classic Rock 'n Roll stories can be located at Rock's Backpages (dot com), though some of his articles and interviews can be perused free of charge by clicking on the link below to his author page on issuu.com.