Doc Togden was born in 1952 in Hannover Germany—of an English Father and German mother. He was raised in Surrey, England. He was a founding member of the Savage Cabbage Blues Band. and attended Farnham Art School during 1970–1971 and Bristol Art School 1972–1975 where he obtained a 1st class honours degree. In 1988 he obtained a doctorate from the Visva Bharati University of Santiniketan in West Bengal India for his research into Tantric Psychology.