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After Okemah's boomtown status started to lose speed, Woody headed down to texas where he married his first wife. There he also joined his first band, the Corn Cobb Trio, and started writing songs at an alarming rate.
Around the time the stock market crashed, unemployed men from all over the Dust Bowl states started heading out in search of jobs and promising futures. Woody was among them, and he spent the next couple of years hopping railroad cars, and in some cases even walking to California.
Once he arrived in California, he got a job doing weekly radio broadcasts, wherein he covered all sorts of social and political commentary. He quickly tired of that lifestyle, though, and headed to New York City two years later.
In New York, Woody joined up with Pete Seeger to form leftist troupe the Almanac Singers, and enjoyed a bit of fame entertaining leftist organizations and labor unions. Soon, he was married again, and fathered four children, including Cathy, Arlo, Joady, and Nora Lee.
As World War II heated up, Woody enlisted with the Merchant Marines and served several tours of duty before returning home in 1946 to his family in Coney Island, NY.
Always subject to his wanderlust, he headed back onto the road with his protégé Ramblin Jack Elliot. Later, in California, he would marry a third time, before falling ill. In 1954, Woody was admitted to a hospital in New Jersey. Over the next decade, he was constantly in and out of the hospital, and was treated for illnesses from alcoholism to schizophrenia.
In 1967, Woody Guthrie died of Huntington's Chorea, but his music continues to thrive. In 1988, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1996, he was honored at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame American Music Masters Series.