Born in 1951 in London. Graduated from University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) with a degree in the Japanese language. Came to Japan in 1974 to work at a music publisher in its copyright department. As a freelance broadcaster, Bakaran currently hosts radio programs such as "Barakan Beat" (Inter FM), "Weekend Sunshine" (NHK-FM), "The Lifestyle Museum" (Tokyo FM) and TV programs such as Japanology Plus" (NHK-BS). Books he has authored include "Rokkuno eishi o yomu - sekai o kaeru uta (Rock between the lines - Songs with a Conscience)" published by Shuseisha International, "Rajio no kochira gawa de (On this side of the radio)" published by Iwanani Shoten, "Waga seishun no saundotoraku (Once upon a time in England..)" published by Kobunsha, "Peter Barakan ongaku nikki (Musings on music and radio)" published by Shuseisha International, "Saruwa manki okane wa mane (Guide to English pronunciation for Japanese people) published by NHK Publishing, "Souru no yukue" (The future of soul music) published by Artes Publishing. "Bokuga aisuru roku meiban 240" (My 240 favorite classic rock albums) published by Kodansha, "200 black music CDs" published by Gakken.