Joking aside, Seeger is to be commended for a lifetime committed to folk music and political activism, which, as Springsteen put it, made him "a stealth dagger through the heart of our country's illusions about itself".
The thing about Seeger is that he already seemed old in the pop boom of the Sixties. He famously threatened to take an axe to the sound cables during Bob Dylan's performance at the 1965 Newport Folk convention, when Dylan horrified the purists by performing with an electric band. How quaint the controversy seems now, when both artists are considered venerable statesmen of antiquated music, rock and roll being almost as crusty as folk. Yet still, apparently, capable of topping the charts.
Dylan's first number-one album in 40 years received much comment in the news. And certainly we should celebrate the continued creative vitality of the greatest lyrical singer-songwriter of our times, but let's not get too carried away.
As CD sales collapse and musical activity migrates towards the internet, it is middle-aged consumers romantically attached to the notion of the long playing record as a cohesive work of art who are keeping the album alive. Bob Dylan fans, in other words.