As most of you will know, the legendary David Bowie passed away on 10 January 2016. He was just 69 years old. Along with the rest of the world it seems, Team Rockhaq and some of our community members were in shock on hearing this news.

David Bowie’s musical influence on the 20th and 21st centuries just can’t be stated enough. Some of us wouldn’t be here doing this without having heard and been inspired by seminal tracks like The Man Who Sold The World, Life on Mars and his Queen collaboration Under Pressure in our teenage years. The fact that David Bowie continued to make innovative, critically lauded albums right up until the end of this life is extremely rare and very humbling. Someone who literally dedicates their whole life to making works of genius shouldn’t ever be forgotten.

We realised that we’ve never had a David Bowie plectrum added to our arsenal of badges for you to win. So we tDavid Bowie Heroes Rockhaq Plectrum Badgehought we should get around to adding one. It’s here below and just been added to our badges vault. This badge is uber minimal and symbolises David Bowie’s music and status from the iconic Ziggy Stardust era. Really, it couldn’t have been anything else. We’ve called it ‘Heroes’, after one of our most favourite tracks, and we’ve included the video to the single below if you haven’t yet heard it. We’ve stuck 98 points onto it, which is the numerical sum of his age and the date of his demise. We hope the title of our David Bowie badge – and the badge itself – gives something for everyone on the community to aspire to…

Everyone on the Rockhaq community will be awarded the David Bowie badge simply for writing a review on any of David Bowie’s music from any period in time – single, album, video or opinion column. Mark Wong has already kindly kicked things off with his review of David Bowie’s Space Oddity single from 1969 – good for you, Mark! So, what are you waiting for? Get onto it – we’re looking forward to reading what you all come up with.