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The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach making directorial debut with Dr. John documentary

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The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach will be directing a documentary about the late Dr. John.

In a statement, Auerbach says he’s “thrilled” to tell the story of the late New Orleans icon and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer with the currently untitled film, which will mark his directorial debut.

“[Dr. John] was such a unique individual and a shining example of the great melting pot of American music,” Auerbach says. “From his mysterious voodoo stage persona Dr. John, to his real, humble self Mac Rebannack — the street poet, the family man, the junkie, the Grammy award winner and all that’s in between, this documentary will introduce the world to him in a way they haven’t seen him before.”

“I’m still learning bits about him that I never knew,” Auerbach adds. “I hope the movie provides a lens into the story of the life of Dr. John.”

Dr. John died in 2019 at age 77. His penultimate studio album, 2012’s Locked Down, was produced by Auerbach.

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