Andrew P Street is an Adelaide-based, Sydney-built journalist, columnist, author, editor and broadcaster. Disappointingly, he looks much like the picture to the right.
He’s spent much of the last few decades writing about politics, music, popular culture, film, social justice, science, travel and whatever else he gets distracted by and subsequently obsessed about.
He is also the author of the bestselling 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, a ridiculously passionate love letter to an almost-century of Australian popular music, was also published though Allen & Unwin.
For many years he wrote his View From The Street column in the Sydney Morning Herald and has been published all over the place, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, the Guardian, The Australian, NME, GQ, Elle, Australian Guitar, Rotten Tomatoes, The Monthly, The Big Smoke, Blunt, The Big Issue, Crikey, Cosmos, Popular Science, News.com, Daily Life, NineMSN, the ABC, every single Australian street press that has ever existed, and all over the prestigious Internet.
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 occasionally goes on radio and television to talk about stuff, and MCs things too.
He and his glorious wife have two magnificent sons, five nephews, three nieces, and a record collection that has reduced grown men to tears. 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.