The Big Lebowski Freebie: A Rolling Stones Tune, Thanks to an Eagles Diss

Rolling Stones giving away song for free to the Big Lebowski
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The Big Lebowski’s Musical Score: A Tale of Insults and Freebies

In a twist of events that could only happen in the world of The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers managed to score a Rolling Stones‘ track for their movie without spending a dime. The trick? A well-placed insult to The Eagles.

The Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers” and The Big Lebowski

As the credits roll in The Big Lebowski, the audience is treated to a rendition of The Rolling Stones’ Dead Flowers. It’s a fitting end to a film that’s as much about music as it is about bowling, rugs, and White Russians. But the song’s inclusion story is as intriguing as the film itself.

The Coen brothers were considering dropping the song due to the hefty $150,000 licensing fee. Enter T-Bone Burnett, the film’s music supervisor, who invited Stones manager Allen Klein to a private movie screening.

The Eagles Diss That Sealed the Deal

The turning point came when The Dude, played by Jeff Bridges, uttered the now-iconic line, “I hate the f***in’ Eagles, man!” Klein, apparently a not-so-secret Eagles detractor, leaped to his feet and declared, “That’s it, you can have the song! That was beautiful!” Watch the scene below:

The Big Lebowski: A Cult Classic

The Big Lebowski, released in 1998, is a cult classic that has left an indelible mark on pop culture. It’s a tale of mistaken identity, a stolen rug, and much bowling. The film’s unique blend of humor, memorable characters, and quotable lines have made it a favorite among fans and critics.

So, what’s your favorite line from The Big Lebowski?

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