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About Us

Proprietor Mark Windle is a life long record collector on the rare soul scene and author of a number of books dedicated to preserving soul music history. Publications include biographical collections of southern soul artists (It's Better To Cry, Rhythm Message) and picture cover 45rpm releases (Soul Reflections). House of Broken Hearts is his latest publication which investigates the development of R&B in 1960s Nashville.
A Nickel And A Nail is a retailer of new book releases, quality used and unused out of print stock and collectable literature. We also sell soul, jazz and blues genre-related magazines, fanzines, vintage sheet music and picture cover 45s.
Second hand books are guaranteed to be in be in good condition or better. Used book pages will be intact, without notes or marks on the text. Occasionally page yellowing may be present, consistent with age and use. We want our customers to be satisfied with their purchases; all items on this website are covered by our 14 day return policy.