Michael P. Daley writes about crime and cultural history. His newest book is Bobby BlueJacket: The Tribe, The Joint, The Tulsa Underworld (First To Knock). 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.” BlueJacket has been featured in Los Angeles Review of Books, Tulsa World, This Land Press, and Public Radio Tulsa.
Daley's previous books include Enjoy The Experience: Homemade Records 1958–1992 (Sinecure Books), which was featured in BBC, Vice, Book Forum, and was called the greatest music book of the year by Los Angeles Magazine. His first work was That's Life: The O.L. Jaggers Story (Boo-Hooray), a short-form biography about the legal struggles of a cult L.A. preacher once famed for his UFO-themed sermons and Frank Sinatra hymns.
Previously, Daley ran the international policy brief Parallax News, which sought to disrupt digital filter bubbles leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. From 2009 to 2014, he worked at Boo-Hooray as an archivist and ops manager, focusing on political movements and counterculture. During this time, Daley facilitated the sale of cultural collections to institutions such as Yale's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Cornell's Rare & Manuscript Collections, and Georgetown's Lauinger Library.