Shane — Original Sources

Works Cited

Bianchi, Constanza. “Solo Holiday Travellers: Motivators and Drivers of Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction.” International Journal of Tourism Research. 2nd ed. Vol. 18. N.p.: n.p., 2016. 197–208. Print.

This source is a research article written and conducted by Constanza Bianchi exploring what motivators cause people to travel alone. The findings show the reasons are actually more related to personal feelings such as freedom, relaxation, discovery and interaction with others. Although there is a small sample size within the study, it is published in a well-respected textbook and there has been many other studies done in the past to support the data. Constanza Bianchi also has a PhD in international marketing, and is the researcher for many other studies. Shane’s story involves him traveling alone to numerous states and cities — attending shows and experiencing life solo. Just like the research in this entry of the reference source, Shane was able to discover a lot about himself and used his personal experience while studying human interaction.

Corte, Ugo. “Music Matters to Social Movements and In a Number of Ways, But Can We Use It to Advance Our Understanding of Emotions and the Body?” Mobilizing Ideas. WordPress, 3 June 2013. Web. 2 Mar. 2016. < music-matters-to-social-movements-and-in-a-number-of-ways-but-can-we-use-it-to-advance-our-understanding-of-emotions-and-the-body/>.

This blog post is actually more of a research-based piece. Ugo Corte, who earned a PhD in sociology from Uppsala University, Sweden wrote his dissertation titled Subcultures and Small Groups: A Social Movement Theory Approach (2012). He has also been part of numerous other research projects regarding social movement theory. This one in particular talks about music and social interactions, which is the underlying theme in both. Shane Nelson’s travel stories and this documentary.The power of music can really bring people together and create this unique connection between very different minds. Shane graduated with a degree in film, and is currently working on his own documentary regarding these topics.

“Deadhead.” Wikipedia. Wikipedia, n.d. Web. 2 Mar. 2016. <>.

The term “Deadhead” was first used in the 1970s to describe a fan of the band the Grateful Dead who would do anything just to see a show on their tour, and tried to make as many tour stops as possible. As more and more Deadhead’s emerged, the meaning behind the phrase grew into more of a phenomenon — where not only could fans connect through visuals and sound but now they could feel the vibe too. Today, Deadhead can be used to describe really any group of fans that share that sense of community and culture after experiencing an artist. Wikipedia is usually correct, and this article has numerous references used to back up its claims. Understanding that the Grateful Dead is more than just some artist, as they have entirely changed the music scene forever. One of Shane’s many adventure involved him walking to see the Grateful Dead shows in Chicago this past year, and was gifted free tickets to the entire, extremely sold out, show by the band themselves. Shane would be definitely considered a Deadhead, but i know he would agree to this claim.

Leeung, Jeet Kei. “Transformational Festivals: Jeet Kei Leung at TEDxVancouver.” Tedx Talks. N.p., 20 Aug. 2011. Web. 2 Mar. 2016. <>.

Shane shares a similar view to Jeet Kei Leung, described in his talk about “Transformational Festivals” for Tedx Talks; music festival’s can evoke feelings and interest from the shared love and community that surrounds music. As Shane traveled across the country, he met so many different people, experienced many different cultures, and felt the change of his unfamiliar surroundings. Music is what was able to bring him closer to all these human beings, that he normally wouldn’t interact with by just taking a walk through town. Jeet Kei Leung does a great job at explaining the evolutionary aspects of culture, society and human expression. He has been involved with the music industry and experienced festival culture firsthand, which, to me, is more powerful and honest than just researching it. After being the speaker for many events, and presenting his ideas and research at music festivals he was eventually asked to create this Tedx Talk.

Nelson, Shane. “Weblog post.” #SHANEWALKSLEFT. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2016. <>.

#SHANEWALKSLEFT is Shane Nelson’s blog from his adventures across america. His first post is titled “Left. and marks the day he announced plans for his first independent feature-length documentary. On May 1st, 2015 he leaves from Tybee Island, Georgia on an attempt to walk coast-to-coast to San Francisco. He started a Kickstarter as well to also help fund his project. This blog documents the beginning of his story, and what better way to gain information and research on Shane then from his own blog. This gives me a really great basis for his entire story and tells me a bit more about him. I think getting to know Shane before filming can help me better prepare my interview questions and steer me in the right direction for my own documentary.

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