James Foley

J. Ralph and Sting's ode to an American hero — slain journalist James Foley

J. Ralph and Sting's ode to an American hero — slain journalist James Foley

Sting found the story of slain photojournalist James Foley “emotionally devastating” but inspiring.

“It’s an example of true American heroism. Not that gung-ho, shoot-‘em-up … this is real heroism,” says the British musical superstar. “Stand up, speak your mind at your own danger to protect the people around you. That’s the kind of America we want.”

Sting is seated beside celebrated documentary composer J. Ralph at an outdoor table at the Sunset Marquis. The two collaborated on the song “The Empty Chair” for the HBO documentary “Jim: The James Foley Story,” which traces Foley’s...

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