Michael P. Daley is a writer and cultural historian. Daley’s work largely concerns politics, subcultures, crime, and art. He is a former counterculture archivist and political news editor.
Daley’s latest book is Bobby BlueJacket: The Tribe, The Joint, The Tulsa Underworld (First To Knock, 2018). Award-winning author and poet Ron Padgett called the book a “fascinating and richly detailed biography” and “an intimate portrait of [a] complex emotional and intellectual life.” Philip K. Dick Award-winner Jack Womack described BlueJacket as: “Insightful, angry, straightforward, reminiscent of the subterranean classic You Can’t Win by Jack Black.” BlueJacket has been featured in Los Angeles Review of Books, Tulsa World, Weird History, Bustle, This Land Press, and Public Radio Tulsa/NPR. The book was nominated for best non-fiction work for the 30th annual Oklahoma Book Awards.
Daley also co-authored and edited Enjoy The Experience: Homemade Records 1958–1992 (Sinecure Books, 2013), which was featured in BBC, Vice, Book Forum, and was called the greatest music book of the year by Los Angeles Magazine. Photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark called Enjoy The Experience “the greatest coffee table book ever made.” Daley’s first work was That's Life: The O.L. Jaggers Story (Boo-Hooray, 2011), a short-form biography about the legal struggles of a cult L.A. preacher once famed for his UFO-themed sermons. Johan Kugelberg said That’s Life “reads like a bizarro Great Gatsby.” Daley’s essays have appeared in publications by Pleasure Editions, Boo-Hooray, and Anthology Editions.
As an editor, Daley has contributed to books such as Flying Saucers Are Real! (Anthology Editions, 2016), The Situationist Times facsimile edition (Boo-Hooray, 2012), and Houston Rap Tapes (Sinecure Books, 2013). Daley has curated exhibitions on William S. Burroughs, Ed Wood, private press vinyl, science-fiction zines, and Civil War photography in New York City, Paris, London, and Montreal.
Daley co-founded and edited the international policy brief Parallax News, which sought to disrupt digital filter bubbles leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Media Bias Fact Check defined Parallax News as one of the “least biased” news sources in the world. From 2009 to 2014, Daley worked at Boo-Hooray as an archivist and ops manager, focusing on political movements and counterculture. During this time, he facilitated the sale of cultural collections to institutions such as Yale's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Cornell's Rare & Manuscript Collections, Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Miami’s Special Collections, and Georgetown's Lauinger Library.
In 2017, Daley founded a publishing company, First To Knock.
Daley has also consulted and conducted work for Sotheby’s, Foote Cone & Belding, Libya Analysis, Acumen, Warner Brothers, the Faith Community of Saint Sabina, Zero Books, Rizzoli, and Four Corners Books.