Venture rocks ‘Clash’ rights

Book follows history and influence of band

Adrian Loudermilk’s Venture Management has optioned feature rights to Marcus Gray’s “The Clash: The Return of the Last Gang in Town.”

Novel, published in 2002, follows the history of the band from its origins in London basements in 1976 and the release of its first album the following year. The group, which combined rock, punk and reggae, broke up in 1986 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, a few months after singer, guitarist and songwriter Joe Strummer died.

The book explores class issues, the punk scene and the Clash’s strong political edge. The band made six albums and charted 16 singles on the top 40 in the U.K.

“This is the definitive novel on the story of the Clash from their formation to Joe Strummer’s untimely death,” said Loudermilk, who launched the shingle in January and is taking the project out to filmmakers for adaptation.

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