Andrew P Street is a Sydney-based, Adelaide-built journalist, columnist, author, editor and broadcaster. Disappointingly, he looks much like the picture to the right.
He’s spent much of the last 20-odd years writing about politics, music, popular culture, film, social justice, science, travel and whatever else he gets distracted by and subsequently obsessed about.
You can regularly read the words he’s painstakingly arranged into sentences all over the place, most notably in his regular column in the Sydney Morning Herald.
He is also the author of the acclaimed The Short and Excruciatingly Embarrassing Reign of Captain Abbott (Allen & Unwin, 2015), described by Richard King at The Australian as “A piece of political portraiture shot through with an antic, larrikin spirit”, and by the Sydney Morning Herald’s Anson Cameron as “A well-researched call of bullshit… bravely written with the cliff of defamation at the author’s back”.
That was followed in 2016 by The Curious Story of Malcolm Turnbull: the Incredible Shrinking Man in the Top Hat. described by Fairfax’s Steven Carroll as “an entertaining approach that transforms familiar political figures, advisers and media commentators into unfamiliar ones and captures the unreal, circus-like nature of Australian politics”.
In November 2017 his third book, The Long and Winding Way to the Top: 50 (or so) Songs That Made Australia will be published though Allen & Unwin.
He’s also been published in lots of other places over the years, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, the Guardian, NME, GQ, Elle, Australian Guitar, Blunt, The Big Issue, The Vine, King’s Tribune, Cosmos, Popular Science, the Sunday Telegraph and its related News Ltd titles in other states, Voyeur, Daily Life, NineMSN, fasterlouder, The Drum (ABC), Mess+Noise, Navy Outlook, every single Australian street press that has ever existed, and on blogs on the prestigious Internet.
He occasionally goes on radio and television to talk about stuff, and MCs at things too. He even did stand up comedy for a while.
Before deciding to write for what technically constitutes “a living”, he was an Adelaide-based indie rock star, which worked out about as well as you’d expect from that description.
He has a magnificent son, four nephews, three nieces, a step-cat that is far more fond of his impossibly charming wife, a record collection that has reduced grown men to tears and an increasingly-annoying fixation with the mechanisms by which solar systems are formed, about which he has to remember to shut up since nobody cares.
His favourite comedian is Maria Bamford, he will argue at length that A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters is actually Julian Barnes’ masterwork, and he thinks that Jaws 2 is an enormously underrated film.
He also enjoys writing bios about himself in the third person.